CLUBS are willing to play home games in different states, while road trip 'double headers' loom as possible fixture solutions in the new 17-game season model.
Two clubs based outside of Victoria revealed to AFL.com.au they were prepared to play fixtured home matches in Melbourne as long as no fans were allowed inside AFL venues.
One scenario canvassed would have interstate clubs based in Melbourne to play three matches in a 10-12 day window. This would include scheduled 'home' matches being played on opposition territory.
Club chiefs said they were open to the possibility because it would alleviate flight travel and optimise recovery time, while not costing the clubs financially in the fan shut-out window.
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan yesterday revealed five rounds would be wiped from the season to provide greater flexibility should the competition be halted at any stage due to the widespread coronavirus.
McLachlan confirmed early rounds could be "accelerated" to have clubs play matches every four or five days before the worst of the outbreak hits.
An example would be having a club such as Fremantle stay in Melbourne after their round one game with Essendon to play their scheduled Optus Stadium clash against Hawthorn in Victoria. The round three game with Melbourne would then proceed at the MCG as planned.
McLachlan added that while the dates weren't locked in, the games scheduled for the first four rounds would remain as fixtured before the other 13 games were "recalibrated."
It could also see other clubs head on the road for back-to-back games outside of Victoria.
Under that consideration, a club such as Hawthorn could be scheduled to play the Swans in round five and then Greater Western Sydney in round six.
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That would allow the club to spend the time in between games remaining in Sydney to eliminate air travel as much as possible.
Chartering flights and occupying full floors of hotels while interstate have also been options raised.
It comes as Carlton president Mark LoGiudice confirmed the Blues had requested to the AFL to have games with no fans played at the club's Ikon Park base.
"We also want to advise our members that the club has confirmed to the AFL that Ikon Park is available to host any Carlton AFL or AFLW match that they want to schedule at the ground," he said.
"During this lockout period, it goes without saying that Ikon Park should be considered for AFL games when capacity and supporter amenities are not a factor."