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David Burtenshaw  October 27, 2016 9:16 AM

AFL 2016 First Elimination Final - Adelaide v North Melbourne

Adelaide will play 13 night games in season 2017

Adelaide has been awarded a series of Friday night blockbusters in its 2017 fixture.

The Crows have five matches in the showcase timeslot – and four of these games are at Adelaide Oval in a major boost for Crows members and supporters.

Three Saturday night home games, plus for the fourth consecutive season a Thursday night clash, also feature in a program that will include home games against the 2016 premiers, the Western Bulldogs, grand finalists Sydney and some of the bigger Victorian clubs including Essendon, Richmond and Hawthorn.

Adelaide’s season begins at Adelaide Oval on Sunday, March 26, against GWS Giants and the following round it plays another 2016 finalist, Hawthorn, at the MCG.

Other key points from the Crows’ 2017 fixture include:

  • Two 2016 finalists among Adelaide’s five ‘double up’ opponents. The Crows will play both Geelong and Hawthorn twice, as well as Melbourne, Essendon and Port Adelaide.
  • A home game against Fremantle in Indigenous Round (May 27).
  • The Club’s first game for premiership points in Darwin.
  • Three games at the MCG.
  • A return to Hobart for the first time since 2014.
  • Thirteen night games.
  • Adelaide’s first game against the Western Bulldogs at Adelaide Oval.
  • No Saturday afternoon/twilight games in Adelaide.

Crows CEO Andrew Fagan described the fixture as an outstanding result for the Club's Members and supporters.

“We are absolutely rapt and feel this fixture reflects the success we have enjoyed both on and off the field in recent times,” Fagan said.

“The League has a history of rewarding clubs that play an attacking and entertaining style of football, as well as those that have a large and passionate supporter base and consistently delivering excellent television ratings. 

“As such we feel the Club and our fans are deserving of premium timeslots which showcase the Crows on the national stage.

"Five Friday night matches including four at Adelaide Oval, plus a Thursday night at home, is a great result on every level.

“From a football perspective, everyone wants as much exposure to the MCG as possible and we have three games there which is pleasing.

“Our number of six-day breaks is slightly higher than we would like but consistent with last year.

“The coaches and players will embrace the challenge and we take comfort in knowing we have an outstanding high performance team who will ensure the boys are well prepared.

“As always, there will be much debate about which clubs have a ‘tough’ football draw but as this year proved more so than any other, it is foolish to sit here and predict results months in advance.”

Fagan said the Club had its request to play at home during Indigenous Round fulfilled with Fremantle visiting in Round 10.

“We have invested a great deal of time and energy into Indigenous Round in recent years and we view the match day experience as one of the real highlights of the football calendar,” he said.

“It provides a wonderful platform to showcase our leading Indigenous Programs, as well as celebrate the achievements and contribution of Indigenous players at our Club and across the country.”

Crows Fixture 2017 PDF

Crows Fixture 2017 AFL & SANFL Combined

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DATE

OPPONENT

VENUE

HOME/AWAY

LOCAL TIME

HOST TV NETWORK

1

Sunday, March 26

GWS GIANTS

Adelaide Oval

Home

2.50pm

Seven

2

Saturday, April 1

Hawthorn

MCG

Away

1.45pm

Foxtel

3

Saturday, April 8

Port Adelaide

Adelaide Oval

Away

7.10pm

Foxtel

4

Saturday, April 15

Essendon

Adelaide Oval

Home

7.10pm

Seven

5

Saturday, April 22

Gold Coast SUNS

Metricon Stadium

Away

4.35pm

Foxtel

6

Sunday, April 30

Richmond

Adelaide Oval

Home

4.10pm

Foxtel

7

Saturday, May 6

North Melbourne

Blundstone Arena

Away

1.45pm

Foxtel

8

Saturday, May 13

Melbourne

Adelaide Oval

Home

7.10pm

Foxtel

9

Saturday, May 20

Brisbane Lions

The Gabba

Away

7.25pm

Foxtel

10

Saturday, May 27

Fremantle

Adelaide Oval

Home

7.10pm

Foxtel

11

Friday, June 2

Geelong Cats

Simonds Stadium

Away

7.50pm

Seven

12

Friday, June 9

St Kilda

Adelaide Oval

Home

7.20pm

Seven

13

Bye

14

Thursday, June 22

Hawthorn

Adelaide Oval

Home

7.20pm

Seven

15

Saturday, July 1

Carlton

MCG

Away

2.10pm

Foxtel

16

Friday, July 7

Western Bulldogs

Adelaide Oval

Home

7.20pm

Seven

17

Saturday, July 15

Melbourne

TIO Stadium

Away

7.10pm

Seven

18

Friday, July 21

Geelong Cats

Adelaide Oval

Home

7.20pm

Seven

19

Sunday, July 30

Collingwood

MCG

Away

3.20pm

Seven

20

Sunday, August 6

Port Adelaide

Adelaide Oval

Home

4.10pm

Foxtel

21

Saturday, August 12

Essendon

Etihad Stadium

Away

7.25pm

Seven

22

Friday, August 18

Sydney Swans

Adelaide Oval

Home

7.20pm

Seven

23

TBC

West Coast Eagles

Domain Stadium

Away

TBC

TBC