Play the showdown at the MCG - Barrett

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Great idea playing the Showdown at the MCG. They could compensate us by giving us a St Kilda vs Western Bulldogs game at Adelaide Oval.

PS. 50,000 at Adelaide Oval a much better atmosphere than 70,000 at MCG.
 

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In fairness, he also states that the showdown should have been a Friday night match this season. I actually don't mind the idea and would test the view Victoria is the sporting capital of the world plus an extra game at the MCG wouldn't do any harm.
 

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No way are you getting 70k to the game which is H&A.
It would probably depend on the time slot. Interesting how many Victorians will go to multiple games over a weekend, particularly those with a MCG membership. As a novelty I could see it working.

There was massive positive feedback from neutral supporters over the 2 games last year, with many stating the game should be played in a prime time slot
 

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Well they were great games last season.

Makes sense a Vic media personality would be annoyed about some good games happening outside Vic - and want them brought to ye olde home of football.

But with Wingard and Polec gone, Gray, Westhoff and Ryder being another year older - the games might not be so close this year...
 

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It feels a little insulting to me. The Adelaide v Port Adelaide rivalries is one of the best in the AFL, and our reward for putting on a great show is to have it shipped over to Melbourne so they can enjoy it? The suggestion could only be made worse if he'd called it a "privilege".

I doubt if he'd suggested Collingwood and Richmond play a game at Adelaide Oval the reaction would be positive in their home state.
 

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No way are you getting 70k to the game which is H&A.
Stick it in a bye week end that has only 1 or 2 other games with Melb teams. Vics would go - we would travel.

If people can't see the value in playing a big game at G in front of a big crowd - then don't complain about the fixture.

Playing in an echoing concrete jungle against Carlton ain't quite the same as playing before a roaring crowd against Richmond on GF day.
 

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#24
Great idea. This would be a one off opportunity to get a big game at the G. Would easily get 60-70,000.

Get it done !
Don't agree Pete. Adelaide on it's own struggles to pull 40k at the Gee when we play locals outside of the finals.

THere are a substantial number of people who go to games as neutrals but doubt we'd get 45,000 of them to top up the 20k Crows supporters and the three men and a dog from the Port.
 
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