- Jul 10, 2012
- AFL Club
The AFL are actually using more grounds now than they would be if clubs were still using their currently usable home grounds, and those clubs would actually be making a profit, since they would be getting all of the ticket income without giving Etihad a slice. This year the AFL are using 15 grounds, and 16 if ANZ hosts a final. If you were to reopen suburban home grounds for Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Western Bulldogs, St. Kilda, North Melbourne and Hawthorn (leaving Melbourne and Richmond at the MCG as they are essentially their home ground) you'd be using 15 stadiums. If you kept Hawthorn at the MCG, and St. Kilda at Etihad (since their home grounds have been out of use for 60 years, and even North, who have been out of use for 40, and played their low drawing games at their traditional home grounds, you'd be using 13, and there'd be no reason for clubs to sell their home games to other locations. So why don't the AFL recommission local grounds?