The AFL and NRL have released their fixtures for the 2019 season and you can view all the details on the Austadiums website.
The schedules reveal first-time stadiums, matches at several regional venues and stadiums with new names.
The newly-named Marvel Stadium will host AFL games for the first time and is set to offer exciting new fan experiences, while the fixture reveals GWS’ home ground will have a new name. Currently known as Spotless Stadium, the sponsor will shortly end its association with the Homebush venue and for now, it’s referred to as Sydney Showground Stadium, however a new naming-rights sponsor is likely to be found.
Townsville will host an AFL match for premiership points for the first time with the Gold Coast Suns taking on St Kilda at Riverway Stadium on June 15. It continues the Suns’ association with North Queensland, having previously played matches at Cazalys Stadium in Cairns.
In a surprising move, the AFL has left the door open for the 2018/19 A-League Grand Final to be held at Marvel Stadium should Melbourne Victory qualify to host the showpiece game. If that eventuates, two AFL matches in round nine will swap to allow for it.
The NRL released their 2019 Telstra Premiership draw the week prior, with the season kicking-off at Melbourne’s AAMI Park between the Storm and Broncos on March 14, taking advantage of a rare quite weekend in the sporting capital, with the AFL season not starting the following weekend.
The highly-anticipated Western Sydney Stadium will open its doors in April and after the Parramatta Eels finally signed an agreement with the new venue, they’ll host the opening game against the Wests Tigers on Easter Monday.
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The 2019 NRL fixture also reveals several matches at regional grounds with the likes of Mudgee, Bathurst, Wagga, Tamworth, Darwin and Sunshine Coast hosting premiership matches. Adelaide, Wellington and Christchurch will also stage NRL games. Meanwhile, all 16 clubs will feature at Suncorp Stadium over four days in round nine in the competition's first ‘Magic Round’.
The 2019 AFLW and JLT Community Series fixtures, featuring a host of regional venues, are also now available on the Austadiums website. Pre-Season NRL trial matches will also be listed as they’re announced.
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