AFL open to further venue changes after Bombers-Hawks move

FOLLOWING the move of the blockbuster Essendon v Hawthorn AFLW clash to Marvel Stadium, the AFL will continue to monitor ticket sales for remaining games scheduled for ETU Stadium.

The North Port Oval is set to host a Melbourne-North Melbourne battle on at 5.10pm on Friday night in round two and Essendon v Carlton on Sunday at 11.10am in the same round.

The match that looms as the biggest ticket seller is the inaugural Dreamtime game between Essendon and Richmond on Sunday afternoon in round four.

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"We're continuing to work with ETU or Port Melbourne Oval. It's a great oval and facility, obviously it has broadcast lights as well there, but we want to make sure we're doing the right thing for AFLW," general manager of women's football Nicole Livingstone told

Hawthorn's Louise Stephenson and Essendon's Sophie Alexander at Marvel Stadium on August 15, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

"We'll continue to talk to them about it. We do have matches scheduled there between rounds two and four, so there are more matches there. We'd like to be able to utilise North Port Oval as well, but we'll continue to monitor ticket sales.

"We want to make the most of AFLW, it's a new time for us, and there's soon to be 10 clubs with FOMO (fear of missing out) that their team has finished (in the AFL), but surprise, your team hasn't finished. You have a women's team, and you'll get a lot of pride and excitement getting on board and following your women's team as well. 

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"We want to make the most of AFLW in this timeframe and if we need to move to bigger venues, then we'll consider that. But it'll be based on ticket sales."

Additional tickets for the newly moved Marvel Stadium match between Essendon and Hawthorn go on sale at 12pm AEST on Monday.

Adult tickets cost $10, while entry for those under 18 is free. Tickets already bought for the ETU Stadium match can be used to access the game.