Footy is Back

Everything you need to know about the 2017 Season.

From March to September Melbourne lives and breathes AFL. Whilst footy is a national pastime with teams from all over the country competing, the sport has a special place in Victorian’s hearts as this is where it first began.

In 2017, 18 teams will battle it out over 23 rounds to make the final 8. Then finals footy sees which two teams will battle for glory in the grand final which takes place on the last weekend of September.

Footy rivalry is something Melburnians take seriously and your chosen team says a lot about you and your family. But a common love of the game unites spectators from all sides of the sport. AFL is a unique type of football, it has more contact and tackles then soccer and more finesse them rugby. It’s generally a high scoring game which means excitement from the ball toss to the final siren.

Each year, there are some iconic clashes to put in your diary including Geelong V Hawthorn on Easter Monday and the ANZAC Day match between Collingwood and Essendon. Also, Finals Footy where the final 8 are on display in the lead up to the grand final, often showcases some of the best matches of the year.

AFL is played primarily during winter and is the best way to spend the cooler weekends, cheering your team to victory in the stands. Rug up in your team colours, get a pie and a beer to enjoy in your seats and keep warm with the red hot excitement from the ground and by cheering your heart out.

Footy is played in Melbourne at the iconic MCG and the modern Etihad Stadium, both of which are an easy tram ride away from the hotel.

We look forward to welcoming footy fans from all over Victoria and across Australia to Crowne Plaza Melbourne this AFL season.

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With an enviable location in the heart of Melbourne and close to the MCG and Etihad Stadium, the hotel is your perfect base from which to enjoy a footy weekend.

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Getting There

Etihad Stadium  – a pleasant 20 minute walk from the hotel, get a map from concierge to help you get there quickly or catch the free tram on routes 70, 35 or 75 towards Docklands and get off at the Etihad Stadium stop.

MCG – If you are heading to the G, simply catch the tram on route 70 that runs along Flinders Street.  Once you are there, follow the fans in footy colours and get off at William Barak Bridge Stop 7A and walk across the stadium. Get a map from concierge to make the trip easy.

AFL 2017 Fixture in Melbourne


  • 3 June – North Melbourne V Richmond – Etihad Stadium
  • 10 June – Hawthorn V Gold Coast Suns – MCG
  • 10 June – Essendon V Port Adelaide – Etihad Stadium
  • 11 June – Carlton V GWS Giants – Etihad Stadium
  • 12 June – Melbourne V Collingwood – MCG
  • 16 June – North Melbourne V St Kilda – Etihad Stadium
  • 17 June – Richmond V Sydney Swans – MCG
  • 18 June – Western Bulldogs V Melbourne – Etihad Stadium
  • 24 June – Collingwood V Port Adelaide – MCG
  • 24 June – Western Bulldogs V North Melbourne – Etihad Stadium
  • 25 June – Richmond V Carlton – MCG
  • 25 June – St Kilda V Gold Coast Suns – Etihad Stadium
  • 20 June – Melbourne V Sydney Swans – MCG


  • 1 July – Western Bulldogs V West Coast Eagles – Etihad Stadium
  • 1 July – Carlton V Adelaide Crows – MCG
  • 2 July – Essendon V Brisbane Lions – Etihad Stadium
  • 2 July – Hawthorn V Collingwood – MCG
  • 8 July – Collingwood V Essendon – MCG
  • 8 July – St Kilda V Richmond – Etihad Stadium
  • 9 July – North Melbourne V Fremantle – Etihad Stadium
  • 9 July – Carlton V Melbourne – MCG
  • 14 July – St Kilda V Essendon – Etihad Stadium
  • 15 July – Geelong Cats V Hawthorn – MCG
  • 16 July – Richmond V Brisbane Lions – Etihad Stadium
  • 16 July – Carlton V Western Bulldogs – MCG
  • 22 July – Essendon V North Melbourne – Etihad Stadium
  • 22 July – Melbourne V Port Adelaide – MCG
  • 23 July – Richmond V GWS Giants – MCG
  • 23 July – Collingwood V West Coast Eagles – Etihad Stadium
  • 28 July – Hawthorn V Sydney Swans – MCG
  • 29 July – Carlton V Geelong Cats – Etihad Stadium
  • 30 July – Western Bulldogs V Essendon – Etihad Stadium
  • 30 July – Collingwood V Adelaide Crows – MCG


  • 5 August – Essendon V Carlton – MCG
  • 5 August – North Melbourne V Collingwood – Etihad Stadium
  • 6 August – St Kilda V West Coast Eagles – Etihad Stadium
  • 6 August – Richmond V Hawthorn – MCG
  • 11 August – Western Bulldogs V GWS Giants – Etihad Stadium
  • 12 August – Essendon V Adelaide Crows – Etihad Stadium
  • 13 August – Melbourne V St Kilda – MCG
  • 19 August – Collingwood V Geelong Cats – MCG
  • 19 August – Carlton V Hawthorn – Etihad Stadium
  • 20 August – Melbourne V Brisbane Lions – Etihad Stadium
  • 20 August – St Kilda V North Melbourne – Etihad Stadium
  • 27 August – Hawthorn V Western Bulldogs – Etihad Stadium*
  • 27 August – Collingwood V Melbourne – MCG*
  • 27 August – Essendon V Fremantle – Etihad Stadium*
  • 27 August – Richmond V St Kilda – MCG*
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*Round 23 matches dates/times are TBC.

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