Fixture Magic Round

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Will be held 13-16 April (coinciding with national school holidays) kicking off on Thursday night at Adelaide Oval. Night games will be held at Adelaide Oval Thurs, Fri and Sat night and double headers there on the Saturday and Sunday.


There will be no showdown Port Adelaide v Crows on the weekend.

Exact timings, match-ups and venues will be officially announced at a later date but McLachlan said the remaining three matches will be played at suburban grounds and "potentially a regional venue"

SANFL and other SA state leagues will have a bye round for the weekend.

The Riverbank/Pinky Flat area adjacent to Adelaide Oval will be turned into a festival area for the weekend. Major tourism events will be organised as part of the weekend to entice family groups from other states to attend.

McLachlan said the Parade closed off for a food, wine festival to coincide with a Norwood Oval game ('if' a game was scheduled there). And the Premier pumped up the Barossa as another possible venue.

Given the dates have been announced and ALL AFL teams will be playing it will be interesting to see what happens to airline flight and accommodation prices for that weekend. Thankfully Adelaide footy fans won't have to go through that torture.

Have to say that Malinauskas pumped up the value of the event to local businesses and the community pretty damned well.

Got cynical me a bit excited.
 

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Who said it was good ?
You suggested it was a possible fixture.
I guess anything is possible, but that fixture is not very good for ratings. I get there are a lot of permutations to work through to make the whole season work.
Surely both Adelaide teams get:

Collingwood vs Crows and Richmond vs Port , followed by Carlton vs Crows, and Geelong vs Port, but then again other games need to be taken into consideration. No doubt, they'll be optimizing the best possible rating for the weekend.
 

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You suggested it was a possible fixture.
I guess anything is possible, but that fixture is not very good for ratings. I get there are a lot of permutations to work through to make the whole season work.
Surely both Adelaide teams get:

Collingwood vs Crows and Richmond vs Port , followed by Carlton vs Crows, and Geelong vs Port, but then again other games need to be taken into consideration. No doubt, they'll be optimizing the best possible rating for the weekend.

I'm sure the AFL will have $ in their eyes and ratings as you mention. But that fixture I put up I feel is good for attending. You'd want a sell out for all 4 days at the Adelaide oval. Putting the Big Vics against the SA teams that will sell it out regardless i feel will be wasted chance. Richmond and Collingwood on the Saturday should be big for the crowds and neutrals at the ground. Sunday up in the air.

I feel matchday at the grounds should always outweigh tv. But the world we live in doesn't support that.
 

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Richmond and Collingwood on a Sat nght could work, but that could counter a possible 2x match ups that they could possibly have throughout the year.
 

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What we do know is it won't be a Showdown this round. Any guesses who Adelaide and Port Adelaide will face?
 

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Has this been confirmed?
The only thing that’s been 100% confirmed is that Adelaide will be playing on the Friday Night, whereas Port Adelaide will be playing on the Saturday Night :padlock:

Take that what you will, with those round match-ups :thumbsu:
 

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The only thing that’s been 100% confirmed is that Adelaide will be playing on the Friday Night, whereas Port Adelaide will be playing on the Saturday Night :padlock:

Take that what you will, with those round match-ups :thumbsu:
Where has that been confirmed? It would make more sense to have the big Vic clubs playing Sat night as it makes it easier for travelling fans to get there and get home. SA clubs opening and closing the weekend.
 

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Where has that been confirmed? It would make more sense to have the big Vic clubs playing Sat night as it makes it easier for travelling fans to get there and get home. SA clubs opening and closing the weekend.
It was on the Channel 7 night news segment over here in Adelaide when it first got rumoured to be hosted here, wish I now got a screenshot of it but hopefully their news outlet is correct :thumbsu:

Not saying your not making sense though, that would work much more feasible then what has been confirmed.
 

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It was on the Channel 7 night news segment over here in Adelaide when it first got rumoured to be hosted here, wish I now got a screenshot of it but hopefully their news outlet is correct :thumbsu:

Not saying your not making sense though, that would work much more feasible then what has been confirmed.
Magic Round is all about tourism. So the Crows and Power supporters are the lowest priority for fixturing (GC & GWS aside) as most of those fans are already there and will generate the least tourism income. These are not Crows or Port home games. Most of the games will be double headers. So you would be silly to match either SA club against a big club as then there would be no tickets left for fans of the game before/after. E.g. playing GC/GWS v Crows/Port is a way to have the two lowest drawing clubs play in front of a crowd and keeping the bigger clubs available for double headers that don’t include SA clubs.

Fri double header inc Crows AO
Sat arvo Double header Barossa
Sat night double header big Vic clubs AO
Sun double header inc Port AO + one game elsewhere or triple header @ AO with Port game in the middle.
 

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Kochie campaigning for a Port V Collingwood game for Magic Round.
Kochie doesn’t get Magic Round. A Pies fan is much more likely to travel to SA for a game against a Vic club. There is neither special, unusual or different about Port v Pies @ AO. It happens most years.
 

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Kochie doesn’t get Magic Round. A Pies fan is much more likely to travel to SA for a game against a Vic club. There is neither special, unusual or different about Port v Pies @ AO. It happens most years.
I'm not sure this makes any more sense either. Two Victorian fans can see their teams play each other once, maybe twice, every year. Yes there's novelty value of it being in SA, but is that alone enough to draw people over?

I reckon there needs to be a combination of decent games to draw people over, to add to both the novelty factor and the "all your mates can see their team in one weekend" factor. And particularly, at least someone half decent for Port and Crows to play - it's why I can't get behind people that are adamant that the SA teams will play GWS / GC rather than "waste" a big crowd. I get the thinking but a game like that isn't drawing attention of interstate (ie not South Australian) fans.

Victorian fans might not have experienced this sort of thing but I would say those from SA, WA, etc would've - the appeal of a footy weekend is having at least a few decent games. A Vic team vs GWS doesn't really appeal when I go to Melbourne, so a Port v GWS won't in Adelaide.

I think both the SA teams will play reasonably medium level names that should be decent match ups for neutrals, with the idea being that the chance to see games the SA teams playing at Adelaide Oval with a decent atmosphere (something you wouldn't really get with GWS / GC) being one of the pulls to get people over.
 

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I'm not sure this makes any more sense either. Two Victorian fans can see their teams play each other once, maybe twice, every year. Yes there's novelty value of it being in SA, but is that alone enough to draw people over?

I reckon there needs to be a combination of decent games to draw people over, to add to both the novelty factor and the "all your mates can see their team in one weekend" factor. And particularly, at least someone half decent for Port and Crows to play - it's why I can't get behind people that are adamant that the SA teams will play GWS / GC rather than "waste" a big crowd. I get the thinking but a game like that isn't drawing attention of interstate (ie not South Australian) fans.

Victorian fans might not have experienced this sort of thing but I would say those from SA, WA, etc would've - the appeal of a footy weekend is having at least a few decent games. A Vic team vs GWS doesn't really appeal when I go to Melbourne, so a Port v GWS won't in Adelaide.

I think both the SA teams will play reasonably medium level names that should be decent match ups for neutrals, with the idea being that the chance to see games the SA teams playing at Adelaide Oval with a decent atmosphere (something you wouldn't really get with GWS / GC) being one of the pulls to get people over.
For it to be a success, supporters of different clubs in Melbourne can head over together. The AO game will be double headers and if you have Pies v Port there whoops be no tickets available for fans of the other teams playing that day/night.

For example, I have been to see the Hawks play interstate matbe 10 times (some with family, some with Haws mates). I have no plans to see the Hawks play the Crows or Port in SA again. But, if the Hawks were Playing a team that my mates follow, we are already taking about a road trip/boys weekend. This is what works for the NRL.
 

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For it to be a success, supporters of different clubs in Melbourne can head over together. The AO game will be double headers and if you have Pies v Port there whoops be no tickets available for fans of the other teams playing that day/night.

For example, I have been to see the Hawks play interstate matbe 10 times (some with family, some with Haws mates). I have no plans to see the Hawks play the Crows or Port in SA again. But, if the Hawks were Playing a team that my mates follow, we are already taking about a road trip/boys weekend. This is what works for the NRL.
But unless you have a large group of mates where everyone follows a different team, especially if you're from Melbourne, you can probably already find a weekend where you can watch all your teams play. No there won't be the novelty value of doing it interstate, which clearly appeals to you and that's good, but that can't be the only selling point because to many it wouldn't be a selling point at all.

I don't think either the SA teams will be playing in the double headers anyway - they seem perfect for the presumably standalone Thursday and Friday night games as it will be easier for locals to get there to them - you'll have some interstate fans coming over early enough but you wouldn't want to rely on 90% of them getting there in time. I agree you won't necessarily get your big Collingwood, Richmond types in those games, but I reckon you'll get medium drawers. Bulldogs, Melbourne, those sorts. I reckon the prospect of these games would draw a few people over that weren't sure to begin with - ie you can see your club play sure, but you can also see what the atmosphere at a Port "home" game is like. That would appeal to some.

Ultimately, Some will come over just for your reason. Some will come over for my reason. Some will just come over for the novelty value. At the end of the day to be the best tourism driver you probably want this thing ticking multiple boxes so that you get people who are interested for different reasons coming over.

We are over analysing this fixture and the AFL will do what it wants in the end anyway.
 

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