The Gold Coast Suns have been playing in the league since the 2011 season, having been founded as the league's 17th active club.
The club is one of two clubs based in Queensland, the other being its main rival, the Brisbane Lions.
1 April 2009
In their first season in 2011 the Suns had a bye in Round 1 and played their first game in Round 2 on 2 April against Carlton at the Gabba in front of a crowd of 27,914.
The first five goals were scored by Carlton, before Charlie Dixon scored the first-ever goal for the Suns. Carlton went on to win by 119 points.
Gold Coast won its first game in Round 5 on 23 April, defeating Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium. Gold Coast trailed by 40 points late in the third quarter, before coming back to win by three points.
The Suns won two more matches for the season, winning the inaugural QClash against Brisbane Lions in Round 7 by eight points, and defeating Richmond by 15 points in Round 17 in the first AFL match ever played at in Cairns.
However, the Suns also suffered several more very heavy defeats during the year, including a 139-point loss to Essendon in Round 6 – in which Essendon scored a record 15.4 (94) in the first quarter – and a 150-point loss against Geelong in Round 20. The Suns went on to win the wooden spoon.
Highest score: 148
Gold Coast 148 21.22 v
Greater Western Sydney 104 16.8
Round 5, 2013 @ Manuka Oval
Greatest winning margin: 86 points
Gold Coast 139 21.13 v
Hawthorn 53 7.11
Round 3, 2017 @ Metricon Stadium
We are the Suns of the Gold Coast sky.
We are the one in the red, gold, and blue.
We are the mighty Gold Coast Suns,
We plan to win the flag for you.
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Till We Hold Up The Cup!
Run! Run! Run! Go Away! Hey!
We are the Suns of the Gold Coast sky,
We are the team who never say die Hey!
Their home ground is Carrara (Metricon) Stadium; they train at the adjacent Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre.
Their first game here was in 2011 round 10, against Geelong.
The Suns played their first four home games of the 2011 season at The Gabba whilst their home stadium underwent redevelopment.
Gold Coast defeated Richmond by 15 points in Round 17 in the first AFL match ever played at Cazaly's Stadium in Cairns.