Crows CEO Steven Trigg is happy with what he deems a balanced' 2014 fixture for the club.
Trigg said that looking at the fixture across all needs of the football club, it was a fair result.
"Considering who we play at home, the timeslots are good, the away travel is fine; so on balance we’re pretty happy with it," Trigg said.
"We have a good result at home by playing Collingwood on Thursday night, Hawthorn on Friday night and a couple of good Saturday night games, particularly against Richmond."
Trigg also highlighted that hosting a Thursday night fixture would be something new and extremely exciting for Crows supporters.
"It opens up an entire new market…we’ve got fewer Friday night games than we would like at this venue [Adelaide Oval], but to have a Thursday night, where you can get this migration down to the Oval from the CBD looms as being something really special," Trigg said.
"The Thursday night fixture is for the national audience, the city of Adelaide and for something just a bit different."
Adelaide will open the Club’s premiership season with a Thursday night away game against Geelong on March 20.
The Crows will enjoy a total of six games in Victoria with five in Melbourne.
"That is a really good result," said Trigg.
A new era at the Brisbane Lions will commence with a 2014 season-opening clash against Hawthorn in Tasmania and see the return of the Easter Thursday action at the Gabba.
With new coach Justin Leppitsch at the helm, the Lions’ travel away for Round 1, before returning to the Gabba the following week for a home opener against Geelong on March 30.
The Lions will also play six games in Victoria in 2014 against North Melbourne, Western Bulldogs, Richmond, Melbourne, Collingwood and Geelong.
Lions CEO Malcolm Holmes welcomed the release of the fixture.
"A new era begins in 2014 at the Lions and the fixture should excite our members and fans," Holmes said.
"A home opener against the Cats, the return of the Easter Thursday blockbuster against Richmond, six Victorian matches and our first ever overseas Premiership match, it’s going to be a big 2014."
Leppitsch said: "At first glance the fixture looks quite challenging, with return games against three of last year’s top five teams.
"But, to be honest, we won’t shy away from the challenge because if we’re going to improve, we need to be able to compete against these top sides.
"I also see it as a real opportunity for our guys to face-off against the reigning Premiers in Round 1 and then Geelong in Round 2. What better way to start the season than by testing yourself against two of the best teams in the competition.
"The other positive from a football perspective is that there are no back-to-back travels, which I know can be quite demanding for the players."
Carlton is set to play in 13 prime time matches in Season 2014, including three experimental Sunday night games.
The Blues kick off the season against Port Adelaide in a night match at Etihad Stadium on Sunday 16 March.
The traditional season-opener against Richmond has been delayed until Round 2 because of the MCG being unavailable.
The Blues and the Tigers will face-off on the night of Thursday 27 March, in their only clash of the season.
Carlton will play in return matches against Collingwood, Essendon, Geelong, Port Adelaide and St Kilda – with one match each against Collingwood and Essendon to be played in the new Sunday night timeslot.
Carlton will play a total of four day matches, four twilight matches, and 13 night matches, which includes two Thursday night games and a Monday night showdown with St Kilda in Round 8.
Carlton CEO Greg Swann says he’s happy with the fixture.
"Overall it’s a good result and there are no major surprises," Swann said.
"We’re pleased to have the opportunity to play in 13 night matches, which is a reflection of our strong number of television viewers."
Collingwood chief executive, Gary Pert, described the club’s 2014 AFL fixture as a neatly balanced schedule, with its on and off field interests well considered.
"On balance, the club is pretty happy with the 2014 draw," Pert said.
"A number of aspects of it stand out.
"Again we have only five interstate matches, which allows us to play 14 games at the MCG. This will include home game blockbusters against Geelong, Essendon on ANZAC Day, Carlton and Hawthorn.
"With seven of the last 10 rounds at the MCG, this gives the team great preparation leading into the finals.
"It is exciting to feature in two new initiatives, Thursday and Sunday night football. Playing in Adelaide, at the remodelled Adelaide Oval, on Thursday evening, after our first bye, is an experiment we are pleased to be involved with.
"Our meeting with Carlton on a Sunday night in late June – a school holiday period - is sure to be one of the highest attended and rating matches of the season.
"Our game against Gold Coast will also be during the school holidays, which will enable as many of our fans as possible to travel to Metricon Stadium, a regular request from our supporters. This game will also give us the opportunity to spend greater time engaging with our large Queensland supporter base.
"The fixture is good from an on-field perspective but in many ways not ideal commercially, with a number of our home games not scheduled in prime time. As a club we are comfortable with that as we work with the AFL on our role to be spreading the commercial benefits of the fixture as part of the equalization strategy.
"Many clubs request to play us as the home team and our drawing power is being used to the best benefit of the game’s broadcasters and stadiums.
"If there was one disappointment in the fixture, it is that nine of our matches will not be shown on free-to-air television. Collingwood has the biggest supporter base in the country, with many of those members and fans not having access to pay television. We hope that one day all of Collingwood’s games will be broadcast free-to-air to allow all of our supporters to see their team every week.
'That said, weighing up all of the ingredients that go into our fixture, we feel we have received a well balanced hand."
Essendon Football Club Interim CEO Ray Gunston has welcomed the Bombers 2014 fixture released.
"Overall, we are pleased with the 2014 fixture," Gunston said.
"It provides the club with some great opportunities from a football and commercial perspective and rewards our fans with a balanced mix of blockbuster games, interstate travel and free to air TV coverage.
"We were the most watched club in season 2013 and we feel six Friday night and six Saturday night games, as well as fifteen guaranteed free-to-air TV games is fantastic recognition of the teams exciting brand of football and the strong support we receive across the country."
Essendon will face traditional rivals Collingwood, Carlton and Richmond at the MCG across a number of new timeslots.
The Bombers face a tough opening month of football, with games against last season’s grand finalists wedged either side of the Sunday night showdown against the Blues.
"There’s no bigger challenge for our first home game of the season than facing reigning premiers Hawthorn at Etihad Stadium in Round 2. It’s a challenge the club is certainly excited about and I’m confident the game will be a sell-out," Gunston said.
"We then face the toughest road trip in the competition when we head to Perth to play Fremantle in Round 4.
"Overall the Club feels it has received a fair and reasonable draw and we look forward to kick-starting the 2014 campaign against the Kangaroos."
Fremantle can expect an enthralling start to the 2014 season with three Friday night games in the first six rounds, including the season launch clash with Collingwood at Etihad Stadium on 14 March.
The Friday night encounter with the Magpies marks the first time Fremantle has played the AFL’s season opener in a standalone round one fixture.
Before Freo takes on Hawthorn in the first of its two grand final rematches in a Friday night blockbuster in round three at the MCG, the club plays the first of its 11 home games at Patersons Stadium against Gold Coast in the annual Starlight Purple Haze Game on Saturday 29 March.
The club’s last game of the home and away season against Port Adelaide at Patersons Stadium in round 23 is a “floating” fixture, with the AFL expected to confirm days and times for all final round fixtures about six weeks prior to the games.
Fremantle CEO Steve Rosich said he was hopeful that the club’s best ever on field results in season 2013 combined with record membership would translate to strong attendances for the club’s 11 home games, while a raft of night and twilight games would prove highly appealing to TV audiences.
"We are really pleased that for the first time - in what will be our 20th year in the AFL - to have the opportunity to launch the AFL’s 2014 season in a standalone Friday night clash with Collingwood," Rosich said.
"We are anticipating high levels of interest in our home fixtures at Patersons Stadium in 2014, particularly early in the season with the annual Starlight Purple Haze Game in round two, a Friday night clash with North Melbourne on Anzac Day plus blockbuster games with Essendon in round four and Geelong in round nine.
"On balance, and given the challenge the AFL faces in meeting the competing demands of all 18 clubs, we believe Fremantle’s 2014 fixture is fair reflection of our improved on field performance and our appeal with TV audiences, which is highlighted by three Friday night blockbusters, a string of Saturday night and twilight games plus one of only six Thursday night games."
Geelong CEO Brian Cook believes the Cats have received a good fixture for the 2014 season.
A major highlight will be the first Friday night game at Simonds Stadium, when the Cats host North Melbourne in round 10. In recent seasons the Cats have seen multiple major events, including the opening of the Hickey, Premiership and Players stands, the introduction of the lights and a final at Simonds Stadium.
"Overall we are pleased with the fixture, and I think that our members and supporters will be happy with it too," Cook said.
"We have a good mix with our home games, have been treated fairly with interstate games and also a good balance of playing Victorian and interstate teams at Simonds Stadium.
"As always, we have a number of blockbuster games, and with 16 games in Victoria our supporters have many great opportunities to see us in action.
"Ideally we wanted an eighth home game at Simonds Stadium, but with the AFL’s commitment to Etihad Stadium reducing significantly after next season, we have full confidence that extra games will be scheduled at our home in 2015.
"Our club is committed to challenge for the premiership, and everyone at the club is confident we are well placed to again be contending. It’s an exciting time to be a Cats supporter and member.
"The fixture is not an easy proposition for the AFL, with so many requests from the clubs. What we are looking for is a fairness and balance, and I think they have achieved that."
Some of the AFL’s biggest clubs including Richmond, Hawthorn, Geelong and Collingwood will once again head to Metricon Stadium in what shapes as a bumper season for the Gold Coast Suns.
The Suns have received a balanced draw, with three home games at Metricon Stadium scheduled for Saturday nights while the club will also contest four afternoon matches, with members also set to enjoy more action in the extremely popular twilight time slot.
CEO Travis Auld said the 2014 fixture would provide local businesses and services with a great economic boost, while on-field, would give the team a real opportunity to test themselves against the competition’s best.
"Our members and supporters should be really pleased with our 2014 fixture, on quite a number of fronts," Auld said.
"Firstly, we kick off the season on the 15th of March, a couple weeks earlier than previously against Richmond.
"The Tigers haven’t been to Metricon Stadium before. We’ve played them for the last three years in Cairns, and have developed a bit of a rivalry there, winning 2 of the 3 games.
"They have a huge supporter base, and we are confident many of their fans will travel to Metricon Stadium to watch their team in action and make the most of a weekend away on the Gold Coast."
Significantly the Suns will also return to Cairns, playing the Western Bulldogs at Cazaly's Stadium, ensuring the team will once again play 13 of 22 matches in Queensland.
The Greater Western Sydney Giants will play cross town rivals the Sydney Swans for the first time at Giants Stadium in the opening round of 2014 season.
The Giants will host the Swans in the Battle of the Bridge at 4.40pm on Saturday, March 15 to open 2014.
The Giants will play their second game at home before Easter when they meet Melbourne at GIANTS Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday April 6 as former Swans coach Paul Roos returns to Sydney for the first time.
Speaking after the release of the AFL fixture, chief executive David Matthews said it was a win for fans.
"We are particularly excited about playing the Swans for the first time at Giants Stadium in round one in what we expect to be a sell-out," he said.
"We have played the previous two opening Sydney Derbies at ANZ Stadium so to have the chance to play on our home turf is a great opportunity for us as a club and also for our fans.
"After an eventful trade period for both clubs this is going be a big game and I urge all Giants fans to sign up as members now to guarantee themselves a seat.
“With Easter being later next year, we are able to play two of our first three games at Giants Stadium in what is a great win for our fans in Western Sydney.
"We know Giants stadium offers a fantastic experience for families with the playground and kick to kick on the ground after the game and we aim to again deliver great value for fans in 2014."
The Giants will play eight games at Giants Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park in 2014 including matches against Collingwood, Carlton, Essendon, Geelong and Richmond.
“This is a very exciting fixture for Giants and AFL fans in Sydney who will have the chance to see the GIANTS play against some of the biggest clubs in the competition," Matthews said.
"We also have a good spread of time slots for families with a mix of Saturday afternoon, twilight, Saturday night and Sunday matches at Giants Stadium."
The Giants will also play four matches at Star Track Oval Canberra, including their opening NAB Challenge match against the Swans under lights on February 20.
The Hawks will unfurl the 2013 premiership flag in Round 3 at the MCG against Grand Final opponent Fremantle on Friday 4 April.
The Round 3 Grand Final re-match and unfurling of the flag will be the first of seven home games for the club at the MCG in season 2014 and the first of six Friday night games.
The Round 3 clash follows a twilight season opener against Brisbane in Tasmania on Saturday March 22 and a blockbuster Round 2 clash against rivals Essendon at Etihad Stadium on a Friday night.
With the Hawks’ first match of season 2014 being held at its home away from home, Tasmania, the club hopes to gain AFL approval to also unfurl the 2013 premiership flag at Aurora Stadium.
The now traditional Easter Monday clash between the Hawks and Cats is an away game for the Club and will be held in Round 5 on Monday 21 April.
The Hawks will need to wait until Round 9 to get their first match-up against Lance Franklin, when Hawthorn meets Sydney at ANZ Stadium on Friday 9 May.
The game in Sydney is one of five interstate trips for the Hawks, who’ll play Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium (Round 4), Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval (Round 10), Adelaide at Adelaide Oval (Round17) and Fremantle at Patersons Stadium (Round 21).
Hawthorn has also been granted its wish to play four home games in Tasmania.
The club will host Brisbane in Round 1 at Aurora Stadium followed by West Coast in Round 12, Gold Coast in Round 15 and Western Bulldogs in Round 19.
As 2013 premiers, the Hawks have been given three double-ups against top six teams from 2013, with return bouts against Sydney (Rounds 9 and 18), Fremantle (Rounds 3 and 21) and Geelong (Rounds 5 and 22).
The Hawks have also been fixtured to face Collingwood (Rounds 14 and 23) and Gold Coast (Rounds 4 and 15) twice.
Melbourne will play 12 matches, including eight home matches at the MCG in 2014.
The Demons will open its season at Etihad Stadium against St Kilda on Saturday night, March 22.
It will play its first MCG match in Round2 against the West Coast Eagles on Sunday, March 30.
Melbourne will also create history when it plays the first home and away match in Alice Springs. The Demons will host Port Adelaide at TIO Traeger Park in Round 11 on Saturday, May 31.
The Demons will also play Fremantle at TIO Stadium in Round 16 on Saturday, July 5.
Overall, Melbourne will play three matches in the Northern Territory in 2014, including a pre-season match at TIO Traeger Park.
The traditional Queen’s Birthday clash against Collingwood will continue in 2014. The clash will happen in Round 12 on Monday, June 9.
New coach Paul Roos will take on his former team, the Sydney Swans, for the first time in Round 6 at the MCG on Saturday, April 26.
The Demons play Port Adelaide, North Melbourne, West Coast Eagles, Western Bulldogs and Greater Western Sydney twice.
Melbourne chief executive Peter Jackson said the Queen’s Birthday clash against Collingwood was a highlight and the club was keen to continue building its base in the Northern Territory.
"We are pleased to be playing our traditional Queen’s Birthday game against Collingwood and two games in the Northern Territory, building on our relationships in the Top End that began in 2010. Of course, our members and supporters will be provided with replacement games at our home, the MCG, for those games in the NT," he said.
"The commercial opportunities in the 2014 fixture reflects our on field performance over the last couple of years. We accept that and look forward to improved commercial fixtures in the future as our team improves."
North Melbourne’s attacking, attractive style of play makes it deserving of its five Friday night games in 2014, chairman James Brayshaw says.
On Thursday, the AFL announced two home and three away games in the prime-time slot involving the Kangaroos. It’s a chance the club will welcome with open arms.
"There are five (Friday night games), and our insular view of that is ‘so there should be’," Brayshaw said.
"We think we play the most exciting footy in the competition. Alright there were some close games that didn’t go our way last year, but there wasn’t one person who drove away from the ground disappointed in what they’d seen.
"We hit the scoreboard; we play the style of footy that all people love watching. We think there’s great reason why we’ve got five Friday night games.
"That’s really exciting, because it means that the AFL are buying into what we are doing as a footy club."
While a fixture with several blockbuster games will prove commercially advantageous, it can also be beneficial in a playing sense, according to Brad Scott.
"I think we play football the way we think it will stand up in high pressure games. While that certainly wasn’t the case 2013, we played an up-tempo brand of football because we’ve got a young list and we want to condition them to really taxing football because that’s what it’s going to be when you play the best sides in September," he said.
"This year’s fixture gives us a great opportunity to play in big games and some great timeslots, and that further exposes our players to what we want, and that’s high pressure situations where the stakes are high."
Port Adelaide will take part in an historic first AFL season at Adelaide Oval packed with blockbuster games and significant events.
The Power will host 11 home games including the first game at the redeveloped stadium against cross-town rivals the Adelaide Crows.
Among the other home fixtures, Port Adelaide will host Geelong as part of the traditional Anzac Round, grand finalists Hawthorn and Fremantle, and power-house Victorian clubs Essendon and Carlton on a Saturday night and Friday night respectively.
Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas said the 2014 fixture provided the Port Adelaide community a rare opportunity to be part of an historic season.
"2014 begins a new era for the Port Adelaide Football Club as we return to the Adelaide Oval to play at a world-class venue," Thomas said.
"The Port Adelaide community has been looking forward to this moment for a long time and I’m sure our Members will be very excited as to what this fixture delivers us.
"It is a huge honour to host the first game at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval against the Crows and it gives our Members an incredible first opportunity to be part of history and enjoy the experience at this stadium.
"And being a Showdown adds further appeal to the game as it will be a terrific showcase on the national stage of the rivalry that exists between Port Adelaide and the Crows."
Thomas was excited by the opportunities presented by the fixture.
"The 2014 AFL fixture presents our Members with a terrific opportunity to enjoy some great Port Adelaide game-day experiences," Mr Thomas said.
"We look forward with great anticipation to our Round 4 game against Brisbane which will be a celebration of the 10th anniversary of our AFL premiership win against the Lions.
"And in Round 22 we host Carlton in what promises to be a memorable occasion in our first Friday night game at Adelaide Oval. On this night we will honour our 1914 Champions of Australia team that went through the entire season undefeated and ironically defeated Carlton at Adelaide Oval to become the national champion.
"Significantly we will host the traditional Anzac Round game in Round 6 again when we take on Geelong. Our club, through the likes of the legendary Bob Quinn, has a long and proud association with the defence force and we are thrilled to continue this association. In honour of the occasion the Peter Badcoe VC Medal will again be presented to the player that best exemplifies the ANZAC spirit."
Richmond will kick off its 2014 campaign with an away trip to Metricon Stadium, to take on the Gold Coast Suns.
The Tigers are scheduled to travel on six occasions, including inaugural visits to Metricon Stadium and Adelaide Oval.
It’s the first time in 24 years that Richmond will start and finish a home-and-away season with interstate trips, with the Tigers listed to face Sydney at ANZ Stadium in Round 23.
Richmond plays its first home game at the MCG in Round 2 against Carlton, on Thursday, March 27 – the only time the two teams meet for the 2014 home-and-away season.
The Tigers’ only clash for the season with Collingwood comes two weeks later, in a Round 4, Friday night blockbuster, on April 11.
The club plays five of its first eight games at the MCG, and four night matches in the first five rounds of the season.
Richmond’s bye is scheduled for Round 8, with the Tigers' second break coming in the first weekend of Round 18's split round.
The Tigers play just one of last season’s finalists – Sydney – twice, and will have 14 games broadcast on free-to-air television, up from 12 in 2014.
Only five of the club’s matches fall on a Sunday, and it will feature four times on Friday nights, after only once in 2013.
St Kilda will pay tribute to one of the most iconic acts in Australian sport when it takes on Collingwood to kick off the 2014 Indigenous Round.
St Kilda legend Nicky Winmar famously held his jumper up to show his pride in his indigenous heritage after he was subjected to racial abuse in a game against Collingwood at Victoria Park in 1993.
The stance, captured by photographer Wayne Ludbey became one of the most famous images in Australian football.
21 years after Winmar’s courageous act, the Saints and Magpies will meet again on a Friday night at Etihad Stadium to kick off Indigenous Round in a symbol of reconciliation and recognition of the progress made in combating racism since Winmar’s stance.
St Kilda Chief Executive Officer Michael Nettlefold said the club was proud to have secured the game against Collingwood to celebrate a vital moment in Australian sporting history.
"St Kilda's rich history is endorsed through the great contribution indigenous players have made to our club," Nettlefold said.
"We were incredibly fortunate to have such a talented and courageous player as Nicky Winmar. His gesture of defiance 20 years ago sits proudly in our 141-year history. That the AFL recognises this historic moment in a match to open the Indigenous Round is a great credit to everyone."
The Saints will enter into the second year of its New Zealand venture with the club set to return to Wellington’s Westpac Stadium on Anzac Day.
After the success of last year’s Anzac Day clash with the Sydney Swans, the Lions will be the latest team to venture across the Tasman to take on the Saints.
"To open the season with two home games, as well as nine of our first 11 games in Melbourne is fantastic for our Victorian members," Nettlefold said.
"With our Anzac Day clash against Brisbane falling on a Friday night, it is both a prime TV time slot, and a great opportunity for fans to attend the game and enjoy some wonderful Wellington hospitality over a long weekend."
The Sydney Swans have welcomed the release of the 2014 AFL fixture which includes a number of blockbuster matches for members and fans.
The Swans will play 12 matches in Sydney in 2014 with eight games at the newly redeveloped Sydney Cricket Ground, three at ANZ Stadium and one at Sydney Showgrounds.
Of the Club’s 11 home matches, seven will be against last season’s top eight sides including grand finalists Hawthorn and Fremantle, as well as Geelong, Richmond, Collingwood, Port Adelaide and Carlton, while the remaining four home matches will be against North Melbourne, Essendon, St Kilda and GWS.
The Swans will also play five matches in Melbourne (Essendon, Melbourne, Richmond, Hawthorn and Western Bulldogs), two in Queensland (Brisbane and Gold Coast), two in Adelaide at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval (Adelaide and Port Adelaide) and one in Perth (West Coast).
For the first time ever, the Swans will host a Thursday night match at the SCG against Geelong, launching the AFL’s Indigenous Round.
The Swans will also play four Friday night games with two in Sydney against the reigning premiers Hawthorn (Rd 8) and Essendon (Rd 19) and two matches in Melbourne against Essendon (Rd 9) and Richmond (Rd 14).
Acting chief executive Dean Moore said the fixture provides challenges and opportunities for the club in 2014.
"With seven of our 11 home games against last season’s top eight teams, the fixture certainly provides some challenges from a football perspective but it is a great opportunity for our members, supporters and corporate partners to watch the Swans taking on the best teams in the big games," Moore said.
"With blockbuster matches scheduled in primetime slots at both the recently redeveloped SCG, and ANZ Stadium, the best place to be next season will be watching the Swans live in the grandstand.
"We are really pleased that we will host the opening match of the 2014 Indigenous Round, which could very well feature two of the game's most decorated Indigenous players, Adam Goodes and Lance Franklin.
"Matches are expected to be well attended next season with so many games against big drawing clubs, so the best way to guarantee a seat is by becoming a member."
The West Coast Eagles are excited by the release of the AFL 2014 fixture which will see the club open its season with a home game against the Western Bulldogs in a stand-alone game on Sunday, March 23.
The club is also delighted to get the opportunity to play at Adelaide Oval as elite football returns to one of the country’s traditional sporting arenas, as well as returning to Launceston where there is a strong local supporter base and to Metricon Stadium for the first time in club history.
"It’s a well-balanced fixture for us and we are looking forward to what the season presents," West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett said.
"We have two games at the MCG, and a Friday night clash against Richmond at Patersons Stadium.
"We will also play on the WA Day long weekend, but will play on a Sunday evening against North Melbourne rather than the Monday, which will give country people a greater opportunity to attend.
"The AFL has reduced the number of six day breaks between games, which is one of our key objectives, given we travel so much. We also play some important home games, particularly against Collingwood and emerging clubs Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney, who are both building.
"The downside would be playing away against the Gold Coast in Round 23, but you are never going to receive a draw that completely satisfies and we understand the difficulties associated with the AFL trying to find a balance in the fixture."
Western Bulldogs chief executive Simon Garlick has made the following comments in relation to the release of the 2014 fixture:
"Overall we see the fixture as a positive outcome for the Club and our fans," Garlick said.
"While we open the 2014 season away in Perth against the Eagles, we welcome the opportunity to play the next five of our six matches at Etihad Stadium.
"We play interstate six times in 2014, one of which is a home game against Gold Coast in Cairns, compared to seven in 2013.
"We’re scheduled to play at Etihad Stadium 14 times this season, which makes our games accessible to our members and fans, and we are also pleased that more of our games are available on free-to-air television, reflecting what we see as growing excitement around our club.
"We also welcome the opportunity to continue to highlight our strong community links, by retaining our Multicultural Round match against Essendon and building on our participation in last year’s inaugural AFL Women’s Exhibition game against Melbourne.
"In summary, while the football component of the fixture has been progressed in terms of starting to maximise competition, we believe more needs to be done in regards to providing improved fixture outcomes for smaller clubs in relation to revenue opportunities and exposure.
"To this effect, most key drivers of growth are in the hands of the AFL and we look forward to continuing to work with them and other stakeholders in the spirit of equalisation to maximise exposure and revenue opportunities going forward.
"Opportunities including returning all our home games to Victoria, a potential home game at Simonds Stadium and securing a marquee match — notably Good Friday from 2015, remain priorities for the Western Bulldogs.
"We appreciate the AFL’s engagement with the club in relation to the fixture and efforts to enhance the competitiveness of the competition next year."