The AFL is weighing up whether to kick off the 2020 finals series on a Wednesday for the first time in the game’s history, or stick to the recent trend of opening up with a Thursday night clash.

Since the pre-finals bye was introduced in 2016 the finals series has begun on a Thursday night, with two elimination and two qualifying finals played over the four year period, and the league is leaning towards once again sticking with the status quo in 2020.

With the Eagles pushing to play a final at home at Optus Stadium in Perth in the opening week of finals, if they finish fifth or sixth, the league and border and travel restrictions in place throughout the country means that the AFL is keeping their options wide at this stage, to retain flexibility in its planning.

West Coast are pushing to play a final in WA. Credit:Getty Images

With games played on every night of the week this year, games shorter in length and breaks between games variable, the prospect of a Wednesday night final is not as unusual as it might have been last year.


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