Double-header: Fremantle to play ‘home’ game at MCG against Carlton

The MCG will host a rare double-header on Saturday with Fremantle’s match against Carlton officially moved from Optus Stadium in Perth to the Victorian venue.

The Age confirmed that clubs had been informed of the switch on Thursday morning after the game was initially slated for GMBHA Stadium on Saturday night. Launceston had also been considered as a venue but Tasmian refused to grant the Dockers an exemption.

Fremantle will host the Blues at the MCG on Saturday.Credit:Getty Images

The decision is a boost for Carlton’s Melbourne-based fans who will be able to attend the match and also gives the Blues a distinct home-ground advantage at the MCG. But the Dockers will relish the rare opportunity to play at the MCG. They played Melbourne there in round one but their most recent encounter at the MCG before that was in June 2019.

Club CEOs were told to prepare for anything during a hook-up with the AFL on Wednesday after all clubs outside Victoria relocated to Melbourne ahead of round 16 with three states in lockdown.

There were still hopes Adelaide may play Brisbane in Adelaide on the weekend despite relocating to Melbourne, as the South Australian government was not able to guarantee it would not shut the borders at some point.

The double header will provide some logistical challenges for the MCG but it expressed confidence it could host two matches on the one day last season.

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