Posted March 02, 2018 06:08:11The AFL is in the process of discussing the viability of moving the next AFL fixture to Adelaide, with the game in Perth expected to be delayed until at least the middle of 2019.
In the past year, the AFL has had to deal with the issue of the looming 2020 season and scheduling issues.AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said in December the game could be moved to the Gold Coast, despite the AFL being based in Perth.
“We’ve been looking at moving the game to Adelaide for a long time,” McLachlin said.
“The AFL has been looking to do it, but it’s not a priority right now.”
The AFL announced in September that it would be moving its games to Perth by the end of 2020.
It’s understood the AFL was also considering moving the Adelaide game to Melbourne in the same time frame.
“If we can move it to Adelaide and if we can get the game into Perth, then we can go for it,” McLahlin said at the time.
“It’s a no-brainer.
We’re looking at that as well.””
We can move to Adelaide.
We’re looking at that as well.”
The game has been delayed several times due to scheduling issues, and last year’s AFL grand final in Melbourne was moved to Adelaide due to the 2020 AFL season.
But the league has also faced delays on a number of fronts.
Last year, a year after the grand final, the league announced it was looking to relocate the 2018 Grand Final from Adelaide to Brisbane, but a lack of infrastructure in Brisbane meant the game was postponed until the end for the first time since 2011.
A number of other issues including the lack of a full-time venue for the grand finals and the construction of a new stadium in Adelaide meant the AFL decided to move the game from Perth.
However, the move was delayed until the middle, with a new, larger venue being constructed in 2020.
“At the moment we’re very much looking at how to move it,” McIlroy said.
“I think if we could do it in one or two years, we’d be really excited about it.”
I think the sooner we can do it the sooner it can happen, because the longer it takes, the more delays we’ve had.
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