The Lions and Suns will square off in round one next year.
The Lions and Suns will square off in round one next year. DAVE HUNT

Lions get a case of Saturday night fever

AFL: Saturday's night all right by the Brisbane Lions, who will look to own the timeslot in season 2017.

While sporting rival the Brisbane Broncos have put their stamp on Friday nights in the NRL, eight of the Lions' 11 games at the Gabba will be on a Saturday evening - with either a 4.40pm or 7.25pm start.

"We want to become relevant again as a club and owning a regular timeslot at the Gabba is a big part of that,” Brisbane chief executive Greg Swann said.

As expected, Friday nights will be dominated by the reigning premiers the Bulldogs, who will contest seven games in the feature slot - including one on Good Friday against North Melbourne. The Dogs had contested just five Friday home-and-away games in the previous four years.

Playing on a Friday night will be a new experience for premiership favourite GWS.

Gold Coast, meanwhile, will host Collingwood, Hawthorn, Essendon, Richmond, Geelong and Carlton at Metricon Stadium.

"Hosting this selection of teams is unique, especially when you consider it will only be just the second time both Richmond and Hawthorn have played a game on the coast since our establishment,” Suns chief executive Andrew Travis said.

The season will kick off with a round one QClash blockbuster between the Suns and the Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium.

The Suns will also travel to China to play Port Adelaide in a historic game at Jiangwan Stadium in Shanghai.


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