AFL 2021 Richmond’s struggle to get a spot in the final is likely hampered by a collision with Prime Minister Brisbane’s fantasies after a five-day hiatus, Jack Riewoldt’s 300th game.
Industry sources told The Age on Tuesday that the league is seriously considering scheduling a Friday night game in the 18th round between Tigers and Lions at MCG.
Milestone: Jack Riewoldt is approaching 300 games.
Milestone: Jack Riewoldt approaches 300 games Credit: Getty Images
AFL 2021Melbourne v. Hawthorn is another option, but a confrontation between the ruling prime ministers is considered a favorite.
The AFL has turned its attention to the 18th round when the 17th round match is almost over, and audience limits are likely to increase slightly at the Victoria Games this weekend.
The Victorian government announced Wednesday that the capacity of outdoor stadiums will increase from 50 percent, up to 25,000 people, to 75 percent, up to 40,000. Victoria’s indoor stadiums can hold 75% of their capacity and up to 7,500 people.
Since the Melbourne matches reopened to the public two weeks ago, crowds have not come close to the 25,000 threshold, although this weekend’s matches in Carlton v Geelong, Richmond v Collingwood, Western Bulldogs v Sydney and Essendon v Adelaide could theoretically test the limit.
More people will be allowed to participate in the AFL Games in Victoria this weekend.
More people will be allowed to participate in the AFL Games in Victoria this weekend. CREDIT: EDDIE JIM
The Tigers and Magpies have been moved to Sunday twilight this weekend, but Richmond is expected to return to prime time soon, albeit with a shorter break, with each club having a five-day difference during the season by agreement between the league and the AFL Players Association. Champion striker Riewoldt plays his 300th match against Lions.
Geelong is preparing for Thursday afternoon with Fremantle in Perth next week, an exhibition that would leave both parties with a five-day break.