Prepare for a football bonanza, the AFL have announced 20 consecutive days of football to be played from round nine to 11.
WA will not miss out, with three games set for Optus Stadium next weekend as West Coast play Geelong, Fremantle tackle Collingwood and Hawthorn play Carlton at the premier venue in a massive football coup for the state.
The weekend of footy will start with Carlton and Hawthorn next Thursday afternoon at the venue, but the 3:40 pm start time won’t be favourable for WA Hawks and Blues fans hoping to attend.
Sydney and GWS will head west during to be the next two clubs in WA’s rolling hub.
The NSW clubs will play each other on Thursday, August 13 at 6:10 pm, starting round 11 at Optus Stadium.
Clubs were worried if they did not have the fixture by Thursday’s teams announcement it would interrupt their plans to rest some players leading into short breaks in Round 9.
The Tigers and Dogs will play at Metricon Stadium but not off a short break, with Richmond having a five-day break and the Western Bulldogs six days leading in from Round 8 contests.
The AFL’s plan to schedule four games for most sides in 20 days means 12 of the 18 teams will play off short breaks, with six of those teams given a bye through that period.
Melbourne and Essendon will not have the benefit of a bye as they catch up on their missed game that was postponed due to a COVID scare to Bomber Conor McKenna.
The AFL and player union have agreed to thaw the contract freeze for players which will give players the chance to sign new deals leading into the condensed schedule.
It will mean some of the stars of the game can sign deals that would give them injury protection should they suffer long-term injuries in the coming weeks.
The Essendon-Melbourne make-up game is not in the Round 9-12 fixture and will have to be made up in the back-end of the fixture.
But there are no Northern Territory games in this fixture, as the AFL plans to play games in Darwin and Alice Springs later in the home-and-away season.
The AFL will schedule mid-week double-headers on the Monday of Round 11, the Wednesday of Round 10 and the Thursday nights of Rounds 9 and 10.
The Kangaroos will also head south to play in Hobart in Rounds 11 and 12 as they fulfil their commitment to the Tasmanian government.
Doubleheaders will occur on the Thursday nights in round nine and 10, on the Monday night of round 11, and on the Wednesday night of round 10.
AFL 2020 FIXTURE (All times local)
Wednesday July 29
Western Bulldogs vs Richmond (Metricon Stadium), 7:10pm
Thursday July 30
Carlton vs Hawthorn (Optus Stadium), 3:40pm
Melbourne vs Port Adelaide (Gabba), 8:10pm
Friday July 31
Essendon vs Brisbane Lions (Metricon Stadium), 7:50pm
Saturday August 1
North Melbourne vs Adelaide Crows (Metricon Stadium), 2:35pm
St Kilda vs Sydney Swans (Gabba), 5:10pm
West Coast vs Geelong Cats (Optus Stadium), 8:10pm
Sunday August 2
Gold Coast vs GWS Giants (Metricon Stadium), 3:35pm
Fremantle vs Collingwood (Optus Stadium), 6:10pm
Monday August 3
Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs (Adelaide Oval), 6:40pm
Tuesday August 4
Richmond vs Brisbane Lions (Metricon Stadium), 7:10pm
Wednesday August 5
Geelong Cats vs North Melbourne (Gabba), 5:40pm
Adelaide Crows vs Melbourne (Adelaide Oval), 7:40pm
Thursday August 6
Collingwood vs Sydney Swans (Gabba), 5:40pm
Gold Coast Suns vs St Kilda (Metricon Stadium), 8:10pm
Friday August 7
Essendon vs GWS Giants (Metricon Stadium), 7:50pm
BYES: Fremantle, West Coast Eagles, Hawthorn, Carlton
Saturday August 8
Port Adelaide vs Richmond (Adelaide Oval), 4:05pm
Brisbane Lions vs Western Bulldogs (Gabba), 7:40pm
Sunday August 9
West Coast Eagles vs Carlton (Optus Stadium), 1:35pm
North Melbourne vs Melbourne (Blundstone Arena), 6:10pm
Monday August 10
Geelong Cats vs St Kilda (Gabba), 6:10pm
Fremantle vs Hawthorn (Optus Stadium), 6:40pm
Tuesday August 11
Adelaide Crows vs Collingwood (Adelaide Oval), 6:40pm
Wednesday August 12
Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon (Metricon Stadium), 7:10pm
BYES: GWS Giants, Sydney Swans
Thursday August 13
Sydney Swans vs GWS Giants (Optus Stadium), 6:10pm
Friday August 14
Geelong vs Port Adelaide (Gabba), 7:50pm
Saturday August 15
North Melbourne vs Brisbane Lions (Blundstone Arena), 2:35pm
Melbourne vs Collingwood (Gabba), 5:10pm
Fremantle vs Carlton (Optus Stadium), 6:10pm
Sunday August 16
Western Bulldogs vs Adelaide Crows (Metricon Stadium), 1:05pm
St Kilda vs Essendon (Gabba), 3:35pm
West Coast Eagles vs Hawthorn (Optus Stadium), 4:10pm
Monday August 17
Richmond vs Gold Coast Suns (Gabba), 7:10pm