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Is AFLX set for a new, rectangular home?

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Damian Barrett says AFLX will be back, but not at Marvel Stadium

AFLX could find a new home at AAMI Park next year, as the AFL looks to enhance the spectator experience of the radical pre-season event.

AFL.com.au chief football correspondent Damian Barrett says the concept would be better suited to a facility specifically designed for rectangular sport.

"It may have been better played at a rectangularly-designed stadium, AAMI (Park) for instance down here in Melbourne," Barrett said on The Sounding Board podcast.

"People though (AFLX) was the worst thing they’d ever done, it was a disgrace to the game, that it was the AFL losing its plot.

"(I) loved what Channel Seven did with it. Loved the way they approached it and loved the way the players approached it."

Co-host Craig Hutchison believes AAMI Park – the boutique stadium home to rugby and soccer in Melbourne – is being considered by AFL executives.

"I thought a lot of good came out of it. I do believe it will be at AAMI Park next year. I think there's enough groundswell on this for that to be the case."

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Episode guide

19:30 – Spin City: Hutchy takes on the role of Nike CEO Mark Parker, after basketball no.1 draft prospect Zion Williamson’s shoe exploded

26:00 – Movers and Shakers. After coming in at no.9 last year, Damo asks Hutchy if he expects to move up the ladder

27:00 – The new-look Footy Show ensemble

29:30 – BT, dubbed by Hutchy as the Mimosa Moustache, and Luke Darcy, the Darce of Wellness, jostling for Channel Seven's no.1 mantle. Damo thinks James Brayshaw remains a smoky

34:00 – Was AFLX a success, and will it be shifted to AAMI Park next year?

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