The AFL is reportedly strongly considering a Wednesday night blockbuster to open the 2022 season in a potential break of fixture tradition.
According to The Herald Sun, the league is weighing up scheduling a Grand Final rematch between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs or the traditional season opener between Carlton and Richmond on a Wednesday night.
The Blues and Tigers have opened the AFL season at the MCG on a Thursday night since 2007.
An earlier start would allow the league to schedule three standalone blockbuster Round 1 clashes on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.
The Herald Sun understands a decision is expected to be made this week.