SEASON 2020 just got a whole lot clearer.
After the unveiling of next year’s fixture, Bluebaggers across the country were perusing over dates and getting a fair idea of how many times they’d see the team in action.
Whether it’s a historic AFL/AFLW double-header, home games against traditional rivals or away days, there’s plenty to assess and mull over.
The Blues will play double-up games against reigning premiers Richmond in Rounds 1 and 21 - the exact same as 2019 - while also meeting finalists the Western Bulldogs twice (Rounds 2 and 11).
Of those who didn’t feature in the top eight last season, Carlton will come up against Sydney (Rounds 4 and 17), North Melbourne (Round 6 and 20) and St Kilda (Round 8 and 23).
Labelled ‘the fixture for everyone’, the Blues will play in every state bar Tasmania, while playing one extra game in Victoria compared to 2019. There’s also no trip down the highway to factor in, with Carlton to play Geelong at home in Round 15.
- The home blockbusters are back— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) October 31, 2019
- A historic #BoundByBlue double-header
- 17 games in Melbourne, five away days ✈️
Our 2020 AFL fixture is a Navy Blue fixture for everyone.
The final seven games of the season will be in Melbourne, while the Blues will once again travel early: three of the opening 10 games are interstate.
Eddie Betts will have to wait until Round 10 - in Sir Doug Nicholls Round, no less - to play his former side, as Carlton plays Adelaide in South Australia for only the second time in a decade.
From a fatigue standpoint, Carlton will have four six-day breaks, as well as a five-day break leading into a Thursday night blockbuster against Essendon.
That clash with the arch-rivals - stationed in the middle of school holidays - will be one of five night games for the Blues in 2020, up from two in 2019.