Double-header fixtures could be on the cards when the AFL restarts its season in June.
AFL fixtures boss Travis Auld said the absence of crowds and limited number of venues could make playing two games at the same ground in one day a viable option.
“We do have the opportunity to have double-headers, given we haven’t got crowds,” Auld told SEN’s Crunch Time on Saturday.
“So we may have opportunities where we’ve got – not necessarily back-to-back, you need a gap between the two – but two games on the same day out of the one venue.”
For example, a venue could host a game early on Saturday afternoon, then another later that night.
“You can (do that) because the circumstances are so unique,” Auld said.
“Those things work for a number of reasons – it makes things easier from a fixturing point of view, it certainly makes it easier for our broadcasters – TV and radio.
“So I think there’s an opportunity to do things a bit differently and we’ll certainly look to do that.”
Auld said the league’s preference was not to use suburban grounds, with the MCG, Marvel Stadium and GMHBA Stadium likely to be the only stadiums used in Victoria from the June 11 restart.
He noted the league still hoped to see games played in Tasmania later this year, though that won’t happen in the first block of fixtures.
Meanwhile four clubs who are temporarily relocating to the Gold Coast will not have to travel outside Queensland in the first block of fixtures, instead playing each other in the early rounds.
Auld emphasised West Coast, Fremantle, Adelaide and Port Adelaide would have to play “home” games while in Queensland but the AFL would look to back-end home games if they are later able to return to play in SA and WA.
If the SA or WA teams are scheduled to play a “home” game against Brisbane or Gold Coast, it’s likely they would face the Lions at Metricon Stadium and the Suns at the Gabba to avoid handing the two Queensland clubs a home ground advantage.
“If it is an Adelaide home game playing the Lions, then there’ll certainly be a big push for that to be at Metricon, not at the Gabba,” Auld said.