Dreamtime to be played at Optus Stadium

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Next weekend’s Dreamtime blockbuster between Essendon and Richmond has been locked in for Optus Stadium.

The AFL this afternoon confirmed a Saturday night slot for the fixture, which will form part of a WA double-header on the second weekend of the league’s Sir Doug Nicholls Rounds to celebrate Indigenous culture.

The clash will bounce down at 5.40pm next Saturday, with Fremantle to host the Western Bulldogs at the venue the following afternoon.

It will mark the second straight year the ‘Dreamtime At The ‘G’ clash will be held away from the MCG following last year’s fixture in Darwin.

“The Dreamtime game in Darwin last season was a truly special celebration where we saw firsthand how much the Sir Doug Nicholls Round – and the Dreamtime game – meant to footy fans in the Top End and we look forward to being able to share the celebration in Western Australia next week,” AFL inclusion and social policy manager Tanya Hosch said.

“We know First Peoples of Western Australia have a rich history of producing incredible footy talent so I am really looking forward to Perth hosting Dreamtime at Optus Stadium.”

Richmond are set to jet in to WA from Sydney on Friday, remaining in NSW for the week on the back of today’s game at Giants Stadium.

Tigers coach Damien Hardwick said he expected WA footy fans to sell out the annual fixture, which has usually been held at a packed MCG since its inception in 2005.

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