The AFL has released its fixtures for the 2020 season and for the first time we’ll see AFL/AFLW double-headers, while matches will be played right around Australia. 288 games will be played at 45 different stadiums around Australia (plus one in China).
AFL matches will be played at 16 stadiums next season – one less than 2019, with no new AFL venues in 2020. North Queensland will lose its one premiership game, with the Gold Coast Suns moving their ‘home away from home’ to Darwin. Every state and major city will be represented, while a game will be played in Shanghai, China for the third-straight year.
The MCG will host the most AFL games during the 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership Season, with 47 matches throughout the home & away season, while Marvel Stadium will host 43 games.
2019 Premiers Richmond will again go in to the new season as favourites with betting agencies, listed at $4.25 with bet365 Australia, followed by West Coast at $6.50, with both Collingwood and GWS Giants also under $10.
The season kicks-off on Thursday, March 19, with Richmond hosting Carlton at the MCG in what has become the traditional season-opener. North Melbourne will play Western Bulldogs in a Good Friday clash at Marvel Stadium in round four. For the first time, the ANZAC Day blockbuster between Collingwood and Essendon will be played as a twilight match, on Saturday at the MCG. The Grand Final rematch between Richmond and GWS Giants will take place at the MCG in round seven.
The 2020 AFL Grand Final will again be played on the last Saturday in September – Saturday, September 26, at the MCG. It hasn’t been announced if the start time will remain as 2:30pm or if it’ll be pushed to a twilight or night fixture.
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The AFL pre-season competition has a new name, with JLT being taken over by Marsh, it is now known as the Marsh Community Series, and 2020 will again see matches taken far and wide around Australia.
Football will return to Moorabbin, with RSEA Park to host the opening match between St Kilda and Hawthorn on Thursday, February 20. The Linton Street ground’s readiness for a pre-season AFL and AFLW fixtures remains to be seen however.
While the ground has been completely re-built since it last hosted league matches more than 25 years ago, it isn’t yet completed, with construction of a new building featuring a grandstand yet to commence, meaning there won’t be any permanent seating available for matches in 2020. It also doesn’t have a scoreboard, toilets or fence around its parameter and one of the newly-installed light towers sits directly in front of the central broadcast position.
Moorabbin is one of three new suburbs named for Marsh Community Series games next year, with Lathlain in Western Australia and the South Australian town of Whyalla to also host their first matches.
Mineral Resources Park in Lathlain, which is the West Coast Eagles’ training and administrative base, will host the side's clash against Essendon to begin the second weekend of action, while Bennett Oval in Whyalla will host Port Adelaide's encounter with the Western Bulldogs in the third and final weekend of the competition.
Marvel Stadium, Metricon Stadium and UTAS Stadium are the only 'traditional' AFL venues set to host matches across the 18-game series. A number of matches will be double-headers with AFLW fixtures.
The AFL Women’s competition will commence on February 7, and run for eight rounds, plus three weeks of finals, with the AFLW Grand Final to be held on Saturday, April 18. 13 new stadiums will host AFLW matches for the first time, while four new teams will enter the competition.
There will be three AFL/AFLW double-headers in March: GWS Giants v Geelong Cats at Giants Stadium, Brisbane Lions v North Melbourne at the Gabba and Carlton v Fremantle at Marvel Stadium.
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