ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04: Rory Sloane of the Adelaide Crows handballs tackled by Sam Powell-Pepper of Port Adelaide during the round 20 AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power at Adelaide Oval on August 4, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

Damian Barrett has suggested that one of the Showdown games should be played in Melbourne.

The AFL has both games being played on Saturday time slots on Fox Footy and not on free to air TV.

“I think the AFL has missed a major opportunity here to take the Showdown into the Friday night slot,” Barrett told SEN on Friday.

“I don’t buy that there’s no national interest.

“I’d have more interest in that game than most games.

“You know what they should do, and there’d be issues with Adelaide Oval, there’d be issues with the two clubs obviously, but play it in Melbourne.

“Just try something different. Play it in Melbourne, build it up.

“Is it that silly? I reckon they’d get 65,000 to 75,000.

“I’m not saying do it next year, but work towards it. I think there’d be major interest in it.”

Showdowns are always entertaining as last year’s games where within a goal but were unfortunately played in a Saturday twilight timeslot both times.