Sam Mitchell tackles Patrick Dangerfield. Pic: Simon Cross Source: News Corp Australia.

AFL says no to Good Friday footy in 2016

The AFL is in no rush to implement Good Friday football, but we will be seeing more Thursday night games in 2016.

The AFL have announced that Good Friday football will not become a feature next season, despite the Commission giving it the stamp of approval.

Next season is likely to start on the Easter long weekend, with Richmond and Carlton kicking off round one on the Thursday night once again.

The following year could see a consideration of Good Friday football however, with Easter likely to fall on round three of four.

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said he is a huge fan of Thursday night games throughout the season, with last weekend’s Adelaide Hawthorn game a sellout at Adelaide Oval.

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“We are able to play on the Thursday night because of the split round. It enables us with six-day breaks to do a few things and have teams in slots where more people can go to watch,” McLachlan said.

“In Adelaide the whole city came out to watch. It was sold out and the Crows have only got over 50,000 a few times. People like the Thursday nights. It was a big event in Adelaide.”