AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has refused to guarantee North Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs will feature in next year’s Good Friday clash.
The two clubs will take part in a stand-alone game today at Etihad Stadium, in what will be the first AFL match played on Good Friday.
Asked if the AFL would review the scheduling of the two teams if the match wasn’t a sellout, McLachlan said, “I think you would.”
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However, the league boss was confident the remaining tickets would be snapped up.
“I think it is going to be sold out. The ticketing has been very strong but there are still some tickets available,” he said on 3AW.
“We would love everyone to come and have a great day. Hopefully it is a big part of the (Royal Children’s Hospital) Appeal and hopefully of the day.”
Earlier this week, North Melbourne great Brent Harvey threw his support behind the Kangaroos and Bulldogs holding onto the day long into the future.
Harvey even suggested that within a few years the match could outgrow Etihad Stadium and need to be moved to the MCG.
“I think it’s got potential to go a long way,” Harvey said.
“A lot of clubs have their own games — Queen’s Birthday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day — so it’d be good to have something and the Kangaroos have worked so hard.”
McLachlan said a decision on next year’s match would be made at a later date.
“I think you always have a look at everything. We will do that after this. We will focus today on making it a great day.”
The AFL will make a donation to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, which will be announced during the game.
Originally published as Last call: Footy fans must show up
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