THE WESTERN Bulldogs will play a home game for a third consecutive year against Gold Coast in Cairns.
The round 17 match looms as the Dogs' final home fixture in far-north Queensland, with the club pushing to play up to three home games in Ballarat from 2017.
The Cazalys Stadium clash will be played totally under lights for the first time, with the previous two encounters twilight contests.
"We know the people of Cairns love their footy as much as we do, and we wanted to give them a new experience of playing at night with a 7.25pm start," Bulldogs CEO David Stevenson said on Tuesday, ahead of the 2016 fixture release on Thursday.
"We're committed to being a part of this community and not just coming up and playing the game and going.
"We do come up early, we do spend time (in Cairns)."
The Dogs have won both games in Cairns against the Suns by 28 points (2014) and 22 points (2015).
Friday nights are also on the Bulldogs' mind, with the club expecting to return to the coveted timeslot for the first time since 2012.
"We'd definitely like to have more than one, but we're also wanting to make sure we get a mix of home and away games to really broaden our club's presence on a big stage like Friday night football," Stevenson said.
"We feel really confident that we'll see a really good representation of Friday night games."
The Dogs and Suns go at it during last year's twilight fixture in Cairns. Picture: AFL Media
Meanwhile, Stevenson said the club still hadn't received the results of an investigation into allegations former defender Michael Talia leaked private team information to his brother, Adelaide's Daniel Talia, ahead teams' elimination final clash in September.
"(The AFL) are still working their way through the investigation and we certainly haven't got the results yet," he said.
"We are really committed to the integrity of our club and we'll continue to work closely with the AFL on that."
The Bulldogs traded Talia to the Sydney Swans on the last day of the NAB AFL Trade Period.