Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has backed a growing push for AFL matches to return to Melbourne's suburban grounds when the competition shutdown is over.
Fixtures are likely to be played behind closed doors, at least initially, if and when the AFL is given the green light to resume the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
St Kilda’s base at Moorabbin could be an option for AFL games if the 2020 season resumes and pushes into the traditional cricket season.Credit:Getty Images
The Western Bulldogs this week flagged the possibility of hosting premiership season fixtures at Whitten Oval for the first time in more than two decades.
St Kilda's Moorabbin base, now known as RSEA Park, and Carlton's Ikon Park would also be obvious candidates to host matches.
The three venues all hosted AFLW matches this year and their surfaces and facilities are up to the standard required for AFL fixtures.
Historic former AFL venues such as Victoria Park and Windy Hill could also be in the mix.
"There's a real opportunity to do that and that could be something that comes up again with the dramas that have been going on about whether Marvel Stadium would be available because of cricket," McGuire said on Triple M on Tuesday.
"But there's plenty of opportunity [with that].
"I think that these venues are going to play a far bigger role with the women's football and whatever the second-tier VFL competition looks like eventually once we get things going."
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