THURSDAY night blockbusters are set to be a weekly occurrence this year, AFL fixture boss Travis Auld has revealed. 

There were only nine Thursday matches in the original Toyota AFL Premiership Season Fixture, which was turfed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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However, Auld said on Tuesday morning that there could be a spike in that timeslot with fans unable to attend games.

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"I think there is an opportunity this year," Auld told SEN radio.

"We haven't historically had Thursday nights each week, just because we're mindful of families being able to get to games.

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"We had eight or nine in the original fixture this year – working around school holidays and weather and the like – (but) given, unfortunately, at the moment that's not a constraint, then there is the opportunity to roll Thursdays through.

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"You'll see in the first four-week block we just released that we have really strong Thursday-Friday nights that will hopefully build momentum into the season but also into each round." 

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Thursday night matches typically rate well on TV, with four of the 17 games last year that topped the million audience mark being held in that timeslot. 

The others were on Friday night and the Anzac Day and Anzac Day Eve games.

Auld said the AFL would turn its attention to contemplating South Australian and Western Australian hubs after the revamped fixture up to round five was released on Monday.

 

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Adelaide and Port Adelaide will play in a round two Showdown before relocating to the Gold Coast, where West Coast and Fremantle will resume their season against the Suns and Lions, respectively.

The SA and WA governments are so far not allowing AFL clubs to fly in and out of the state to play games.

"Over the last few months I think we've pretty much modelled every scenario you can think about," Auld said.

"The key reason we released a four-week fixture is just so we can work through any changes that occur in each of the states.

 

"The next one will be how do we get South Australian and West Australian teams back home, so they're not away from their families for an unreasonable period of time.

"That may involve rotating teams through those two states, depending if the regulations allow us to do that."

Auld said the "broader priority" was the health of the community and that players and clubs had indicated they were willing to do "whatever it takes" to complete the season.

Shortened quarters will remain throughout season 2020, while all finals could be held at night if the current crowd situation doesn't change.