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3 hours ago, Bring-Back-Powell said:

We opened the season in 2000 against Richmond on a Wednesday night.

That was a period when the AFL went a bit off the rails and experimented with mid week games.

I was just thinking this and was wondering if I remembered right. It was the Olympics that year and all sorts of weird stuff was happening with the fixture.

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7 hours ago, Bring-Back-Powell said:

Wednesday night footy at the G with crowds still beats watching a grand final on TV stuck in lockdown.

Agreed. Wednesday night, Friday night, who cares. It is still prime time free-to -air television for footy starved Melburnians. We play entertaining, thrilling footy, the TV ratings  will be through the roof in front of a 90K+ crowd. Our fans will love it, and so will our sponsors. Let's enjoy our well deserved blockbuster status. Can't wait !

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1 minute ago, TRACATTACK said:

Agreed. Wednesday night, Friday night, who cares. It is still prime time free-to -air television for footy starved Melburnians. We play entertaining, thrilling footy, the TV ratings  will be through the roof in front of a 90K+ crowd. Our fans will love it, and so will our sponsors. Let's enjoy our well deserved blockbuster status. Can't wait !

It wasn't that long ago that we were the kings of the Sunday arvo twilight graveyard shift.

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On 12/2/2021 at 1:42 AM, ding said:

Just give us the Friday night game and stop trying to re-invent the wheel.

We deserve nothing less tbh.

Couldn't agree more. I would be there for Friday night but only a 10% chance if it's on a Wednesday night

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1 minute ago, Jaded No More said:

I’ll be there either way but really Wednesday night is so hard! 

We have a business to run in Ballarat and Thursday morning is a big day, Saturday is my one day off. This reeks of the AFL's quest for dollars. Friday night's game goes to ........... Collingwood vs Essendon!

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With us starting our season on a Wednesday night it means that both ourselves and the Dogs almost have to play the following Thursday or Friday night fixtures.  Assuming that both the Anzac Eve and the QB are locked in (also assuming we only play the Pies and maybe Richmond only once) it means our Rd 2 clash is probably against either Carlton or Essendon.  Big games to kick off the season for us. 

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1 minute ago, grazman said:

Expect Rd 2 to be either a Thursday or Friday night fixture probably against either Carlton or Essendon. 

Yep and it will be away and they will get the "gate". Meanwhile, our home game against the Dogs will be diluted by at least 10% and likely more if it is on Wednesday night.

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Just listened to Perty's radio interview today. Don't know where he's getting the impression that most fans are open to a Wednesday night season opener. I thought this was about making it up to all of us that couldn't get to the actual GF. Anyone outside a two hour radius of Melbourne who has a regular job and or young kids are likely to be highly inconvenienced. 

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On 12/2/2021 at 4:52 PM, Jaded No More said:

Wednesday is a trash idea! 

Agree. Say goodnight to a big crowd with no school kids.

Would have thought the GF replay would have been used to let as many fans go as possible and that is Friday/Saturday night if at night and not Wednesday night.

Another wonderful AFL decision.

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The grand final rematch was a good idea for us but a bad idea for 7, who would prefer to save that game until later in the season.

I can see why they’ve countered. Honestly I’d prefer we now cave on the idea. But maybe we need the cash? It would be a big money spinner in terms of sponsor dollars. 

Wednesday night works for me but I can see it wouldn’t for so many. 

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Judging by the feedback in this thread, this game doesn’t get more than 45K if it’s on a Wednesday night. Our opponents are not a high drawing side.

We couldn’t get even get high 50’s to Anzac eve on a Saturday night this year despite an 85% available capacity.

I’ll happily go to the game regardless but I think the AFL are getting too cute with Wednesday night scheduling and Pert should be going into bat for our loyal members who would collectively much prefer a Friday night game.

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