Australian Football League club Port Adelaide FC has secured a sponsorship deal with Watpac.
The stadium construction specialists will join the second tier of sponsors at Port Adelaide, which includes Reebok, Simply Energy, Bianco Construction Supplies, Lion Nathan, and SGIC, in what is likely to be a low six-figure deal. Watpac has a strong history of involvement with Australian rules football, having completed projects at the Gabba in Brisbane - home of the Brisbane Lions - and built the Premiership Stand at the home of Geelong Football Club in Victoria. It is currently building the Gold Coast Stadium for Gold Coast Football Club, the newest team in the AFL.
Port Adelaide chief executive Mark Haysman said: "We are delighted to add Watpac as a Premier Partner of our club. Watpac are a fast-growing ASX-listed company with a long-standing interest in sport and sporting projects, and we see the relationship as a perfect fit."
Greg Kempton, the managing director of Watpac, admitted that his personal allegiances lay with the Brisbane Lions, but was nevertheless enthusiatic about his company's support for Port Adelaide. He said: "The Port Adelaide Football Club has an extraordinary history and we are very pleased to now help play a part in its continuing success. As an Australia-wide company, with an established presence in Adelaide, we consider our support of the club to be a natural progression of our relationship with the AFL, and our commitment to supporting Australian sports and community groups."
2004 AFL champions Port Adelaide FC have made an encouraging start to the 2010 season, winning five of their first seven games.