Adelaide is back on the AFL’s centre stage after securing a fan-friendly fixture brimming with prime time national exposure next year.
The Crows will host at least five games under lights at Adelaide Oval on Thursday and Friday nights, against big Victorian clubs Geelong, Melbourne, Essendon and Richmond, as well as Port Adelaide in the first ever Thursday night Showdown.
The Club will also fill a night time slot on Good Friday, when it flies to Perth to play the Dockers in Round Three.
Fans will also be treated to three consecutive games at Adelaide Oval in June against Richmond, GWS and Sydney on a Saturday night.
After opening the season against Gold Coast in Queensland, Adelaide’s first home game of the year will be against Geelong on a Friday night in Round Two which is the first of six games to be broadcast on national free-to-air television.
The AFL has set dates and times for Rounds 1-15 with the remaining fixtures to be confirmed later in the season.
Key features of Adelaide’s 2024 fixture include:
- Six Thursday and Friday night games (including five at home) which is five more than in 2023.
- Opening Gather Round against Melbourne on Thursday night in Round Four.
- Hosting the first ever Thursday night Showdown in Round Eight.
- Five games in Victoria including two at the MCG against Collingwood in Round 10 and Hawthorn in Round 12.
- Road trips to Gold Coast, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Geelong and Hobart.
- Six games at Adelaide Oval from Rounds 8-14.
- Double up games against Sydney, Port Adelaide, Brisbane, Hawthorn, Geelong and Essendon.
- Two five-day breaks, five six-day breaks and the remainder being seven-plus.
- The bye in Round 15.
Crows CEO Tim Silvers described Adelaide’s bumper fixture as a significant off-field win for the Club, especially its members and supporters.
“We have big games in big time slots and it’s great to see our on-field improvement and exciting brand of footy being recognised,” Silvers said.
“Five games under lights at Adelaide Oval on a Thursday and Friday night in the first half of the season is great, and with the opportunity for more during the back end of the year if we live up to expectations.
“There is nothing better than a packed house at Adelaide Oval and we know from historical feedback from our members and fans, that night footy is very popular.
“Adelaide Oval will come to life when we host big Victorian clubs, including Melbourne to open Gather Round, as well as the first ever Thursday night Showdown in Round Eight.
“After embarking on trips to quite a unique range of venues last year, we have successfully pushed to be back on centre stage in 2024 which is significant for everyone associated with our Club, especially the players and coaches.
“From a football perspective, we are embracing the expectation and challenges that lie ahead, and if we want to play finals then we must perform and beat the best teams in the competition anywhere and at any time.
“Our players have been highly motivated and running together during their off-season breaks and I know our high performance team will have them primed come Round One.
“It is an exciting time to be a Crows supporter and on the back of record membership last year, we can’t wait to see everyone back at Adelaide Oval in 2024.”