2014 Toyota AFL Premiership Fixture
Thursday 31 Oct 2013
Ten Friday night Matches at Etihad Stadium
The opening bounce of the AFL Premiership season occurs at Etihad Stadium on Friday, March 14 when home team Collingwood plays last year’s runners up, Fremantle.
The opening round, to be played over two weekends, consists of four matches at Etihad Stadium.
There will again be a total of 48 ‘home and away’ played at the venue, which was the same number last year, with ten of the 2014 games to be played on Friday nights. Last year the venue hosted eight Friday night matches.
Etihad Stadium will also host the first three Friday night matches of the season, with potentially a Round 2 blockbuster occurring between Essendon and last year’s premiers, Hawthorn.
An additional highlight will be Indigenous Round, which commences with a Nicky Winmar Tribute game, featuring Collingwood and St Kilda, on Friday, May 30.
Additional ‘home and away’ highlights include two clashes between Carlton and Geelong in Rounds 12 and 21. Essendon’s first match of the season – an away game against North Melbourne – should see Dustin Fletcher break the club games’ record.
The venue will host two Sunday 7.40pm matches – the first occurring between Carlton and Port Adelaide in Round 1. The other occurs when North Melbourne meets Richmond in Round 12.
The NAB Cup competition has been replaced by NAB challenge matches, which will include 18 matches over 18 days. Five of those matches are scheduled at Etihad Stadium – the first occurring between Hawthorn and the Brisbane Lions on Thursday, February 13.