The Sydney Swans will play the 6th annual Pride Game when they take on St Kilda at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night.
The game was established between the two sides in 2016 to celebrate diversity and ensure everyone feels safe, respected and included at the football.
The match is also an opportunity to listen, learn and highlight stories from the LGBTIQ community.
Round 21 - PRIDE GAME
St Kilda v Sydney Swans
7.40pm Saturday, August 7
The Pride Game was born in the pre-season of 2015 when the Sydney Swans hosted Fremantle in a celebration of pride at Drummoyne Oval.
The following year, Sydney and St Kilda played in the first Pride Game for premiership points, with both clubs making the game an annual commitment and alternating hosting.
In 2017, the Sydney Swans won an Australian LGBTI Award in the Community Initiative/Charity category for hosting the match.
In 2021, the sixth Pride Game will be played without a crowd due to the ongoing Covid situation. Last year, the Pride Game was played at the Gabba in front of limited crowd but was one of the highlights of the 2019 season when 33,722 fans packed into the SCG for a celebration of colour, diversity and acceptance.
In 2021, Mardi Gras was held at Sydney’s home ground, the SCG, and the stadium was alight with plenty of colour to mark the occasion. After becoming the first professional sporting club to have a float in the parade in 2018, the Swans continued to show their support by taking part in one of the biggest events on the LGBTIQ calendar by proudly marching in their fourth consecutive Mardi Gras parade.
The Sydney Swans will wear their inaugural Pride guernsey in Saturday night's match. It is the first time the club will wear a specially designed Pride guernsey for the game, which has been an annual fixture on the AFL calendar between Sydney and St.Kilda since 2016.
The Sydney Swans will also wear rainbow socks with the Pride guernsey. The 2021 Pride guernsey and range is available at the Swanshop here.
HSBC is the official Pride Game partner of the Sydney Swans.