The fixture for the 2018 AFLW season is expected to be released in late October and, in keeping with the history-making first season, the second season is set to feature similar historic occasions, with the Fremantle Dockers slated to be the first AFL team to play an the new Perth Stadium.
The game will be played on Saturday, February 10 against a yet to be named opponent, and in another AFLW first, will be a ticketed event with tickets expected to be no more than $2 with all money raised going to charity.
Fremantle Coach, Michelle Cowan, said her team would relish the chance to be the first AFL team to play at the new 60,000 seat stadium.
“The prospect of playing in front of a big crowd is incredibly exciting for our players,” Cowan said.
“To be the first football team to play at the new Perth Stadium takes that to a whole new level.”
A whole new level is exactly what Fremantle are hoping for with CEO Steve Rosich expecting a significant crowd.
“It’s going to be a significant event for football and the AFLW with an expected crowd of in the order of 30,000, which would surpass the current AFLW crowd record of 24,500.” Rosich said.
The AFL and the Fremantle Dockers have the support of the Western Australian Government, who are expected to provide free public transport to and from the match on the day.
Ticketing for the game will be via Ticketmaster, with priority access given to the Dockers’ more than 1,500 AFLW members.