MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27: Moana Hope (left) and Emma King (right) of the Magpies pose for a photograph during the Women's League marquee player announcement on July 27, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The AFL is considering a change of venue for the opening clash of the inaugural AFL Women’s competition next next month.

Collingwood and Carlton are set to face off at Olympic Park Oval on Friday, February 3 to kick start the historic season.


However, with surging interest, plus a very limited capacity, most of which will be standing room only, the league is considering moving the match to Princess Park, which has a capacity of 22,000.

“It’s now a bit of a concern about the potential crowd, having been at the Carlton-Melbourne practice match yesterday [at Ikon Park], there was 2000 people and it wasn’t even publicised,” AFL game and market development boss Simon Lethlean told Fairfax.

“I think it means we’re going to have a good discussion in terms of other potential options, whether Olympic Park is right for the first game now, maybe Ikon Park should be considered.

“There was 17,000 there last year for a NAB Challenge game [between Essendon and Carlton], maybe it’s more appropriate. So we’ll sit down and have a chat about that tomorrow and make a call.

“I think the publicity now and the momentum and the interest might mean we have a good look at that.

“We don’t want to be turning too many people away if we can help it, so if it’s going to be 10,000 [in attendance] and not 5000 we’ll have a good look at what the best venue might be and we can still make some changes if we need to.”