The West Coast Eagles will enjoy a strong presence at their home venue of Optus Stadium in the early to middle stages of the season as they plot a path up the premiership table in 2024.
When the AFL today released its fixture for next season it was revealed that the Eagles have been slotted to play six of nine games from round five against Richmond to round 13 against North Melbourne in Perth.
They will play the Tigers on April 14, Fremantle (home RAC derby, April 20), Essendon (round eight, May 4), Melbourne (round 10, May 19), St Kilda (round 12, June 1) and North Melbourne (round 13, June 8) at the club’s home ground.
Spliced between that strong run at home are games against Gold Coast (round 7, Heritage Bank Stadium), Collingwood (round 9, Marvel Stadium) and Adelaide (round 11, Adelaide Oval).
Conversely, that also means that three of the first four games will be played away with the only fixture in the first month being the home against GWS in round two.
Gather Round is part of that opening block with the Eagles playing Sydney in round four at Mt Barker (Adelaide Hills) on Saturday, April 6.
And the club’s closing run sees matches against North in Hobart (round 22), Carlton at Optus (round 23) and Geelong at GMHBA Stadium (round 24).
While fixtures have been set for the full season, times and days have been locked away for only the first 15 rounds. The club’s bye will on the weekend of June 15-16 (round 14).
“Taking everything into account It is a well-balanced fixture,” said Chief Executive Officer Trevor Nisbett. “There are a lot of factors to consider in drafting the fixtures and importantly we have avoided any five day turn-arounds in the first 15 rounds.
“While we requested more Saturday games to assist our country members, our first two home games against GWS and Richmond are scheduled for a Sunday but our next four home games are on Saturdays.”
Other features of the club’s fixture include:
- No games in Sydney (playing GWS at home and Sydney in Mt Barker)
- Double up matches against Fremantle, North Melbourne, Melbourne, Essendon, St Kilda and Gold Coast
- Brisbane will play the Eagles for the first time at Optus Stadium (round 18)
- There is one match at the MCG (round 17 v Melbourne)
- Four matches where there are six-day breaks and, at this stage, no Thursday or Friday night games.
- The club’s home RAC Derby is scheduled for Saturday, April 20 (6.10pm)
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