As revealed by The Age earlier today, the two Victorian heavyweights would be the first clubs to head to the Perth hub to play at the 60,000-seat venue.
Under Phase 4 of WA’s relaxed coronavirus social distancing measures to be introduced this weekend, crowd numbers at big stadium events have been lifted to allow half their capacity.
Phase 5 of the restrictions will be considered mid-July, which could see restrictions completely removed and matches played to capacity venues.
Speaking to Nine News Perth on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Dawson said WA crowds would be able to attend at least three or four rounds of AFL football in Perth.
He said West Coast and Fremantle players could isolate from home when they return from their hub on the Gold Coast next month but they would also be able to visit training venues and Optus Stadium, which would allow the league to schedule a western derby.
Mr Dawson said WA Police were discussing with Crown Perth how to manage the touring parties of the Cats and Pies, two of the biggest clubs in Victoria and both premiership fancies.
“It’s most likely they will stay close by to the stadium. We’ve got a great working relationship there with the AFL, the respective clubs and we’re working very closely with Crown Perth,” he said.
The Age reported that once Collingwood and Geelong had played their games, two more AFL clubs would come to Perth and replace them in the hub, with potentially another two after that.
AFL clubs and broadcasting general manager Travis Auld said round six was devised with the primary aim to optimise viewership for football fans across the country while respecting various state government restrictions.
Other objectives included the minimisation of team travel and ensuring at least five-day breaks between games for the 18 AFL clubs.
“As we navigate through the season, we will continue to be adaptable with our scheduling, ensuring our fixtures align with relevant restrictions in place at the time,” Mr Auld said.
“On behalf of the AFL, we thank the Adelaide Crows, Fremantle, Port Adelaide and the West Coast Eagles for their patience and support in the Queensland high performance centres over recent weeks, along with the Collingwood and Geelong football clubs for their support as we continue to work through the most unique period our game has faced.
“We will continue to work through the protocols with the WA Government.
“It is important for us to remain flexible and agile throughout this season, and the AFL will continue to be led by relevant governments and medical officials to ensure the game remains safe for everyone involved.”
Round Six (all times local)
Thursday, July 9:
St Kilda vs. Geelong Cats, Marvel Stadium, 7:40pm
Friday, July 10:
Collingwood vs. Brisbane Lions, MCG, 7:50pm
Saturday, July 11:
Fremantle vs. Melbourne, Metricon Stadium, 12:35pm
West Coast Eagles vs. Adelaide Crows, The Gabba, 3:05pm
Hawthorn vs. Gold Coast, MCG, 6:05pm
Essendon vs. Western Bulldogs, Marvel Stadium, 7:40pm
Sunday, July 12:
Port Adelaide vs. GWS, Metricon Stadium,1:05pm
Carlton vs. Sydney Swans, MCG, 3:35pm
North Melbourne vs. Richmond, Marvel Stadium, 6:10pm
with Michael Gleeson
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