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Dreamtime game moved to Optus Stadium



One of the AFL's marquee fixtures is coming to Perth, with Optus Stadium to host the Dreamtime clash between Richmond and Essendon this Saturday night.


The match was originally scheduled for the Melbourne Cricket Ground, but with the state of Victoria in lockdown due to a recent COVID-19 outbreak and crowds unable to attend matches, the AFL has made the decision to move the game West.


AFL Executive General Manager Broadcasting and Clubs Travis Auld said relocating the venue for the game allowed for the best possible celebration of the marquee match of the annual Toyota AFL Sir Doug Nicholls Round.


“As we continue to navigate the ongoing situation in Victoria, along with the relevant state border restrictions currently in place across the country, we have made the decision to move the match to Optus Stadium,” Mr Auld said.


“While it is disappointing we have had to relocate this game from the MCG, we are equally excited to showcase this important celebration to Western Australian footy fans.


“We would like to thank the respective State Governments, our broadcast partner the Seven Network, Optus Stadium and both clubs for their partnership as we worked through this arrangement.”


Optus Stadium is the third venue in as many years for the Dreamtime match, with last year's match being played in Darwin between the clubs.


The fixture has been played annually, the brainchild of former Essendon premiership coach and Richmond premiership player Kevin Sheedy.


Tickets for the match go on sale on Tuesday, valued at $35 for adults, $12 for kids and $75 for families.


IMAGE: The Western Australia.