The Sydney Swans are set to play in a number of marquee matches during the 2017 home and away season.
Following the release of the fixture on Thursday we take a closer look at some of the blockbusters to look forward to most next season.
Marn Grook at the SCG
For the fourth straight year, the Swans will host the annual Marn Grook at the SCG clash during the AFL’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round. Next year’s match won’t get much bigger with Hawthorn travelling north for the Friday night blockbuster. Record crowds have flocked to the SCG for the past three encounters with an average of just under 36,000 passionate fans filling the stands.
Eight Victorian games
For the first time since 1996, the Swans will play eight games in Victoria next season. Four of those matches will be played at the MCG (Carlton in Round 6, Richmond in Round 13, Melbourne in Round 15 and Hawthorn in Round 19), three at Etihad Stadium (Western Bulldogs in Round 2, North Melbourne in Round 8 and St Kilda in Round 9) and one at Simonds Stadium (Geelong in Round 20).
Swans under lights
The Swans will feature on the big stage in 2017 with eight Friday night matches, three Saturday night games and two Thursday night encounters. A trip to Perth in Round 4 is our first Thursday night match before taking on the Western Bulldogs in a Grand Final rematch on the Thursday night to kick off Round 12.
The Swans will kick off their 2017 premiership campaign at home on March 25 against Port Adelaide. There is nothing better than a sun soaked SCG on a Saturday afternoon and this encounter is sure to be no different.
Grand Final opponents meet again
The Swans will meet Grand Final opponents the Western Bulldogs in a huge Thursday night clash at the SCG in Round 12. Both teams meet for the first time in Round 2 when the Swans travel to Melbourne to tackle the Dogs in a Friday night blockbuster.
Click here to add the 2017 home and away fixture to your Calendar today.
After the highly successful inaugural Pride Match against St Kilda in 2016, the Swans will host the return leg against the Saints in Round 18 for the first Pride Match in Sydney for premiership points.
The Swans will meet cross-town rivals GWS twice in season 2017, with the first match being held during the AFL’s ANZAC Round on a Saturday night at the SCG in Round 5. The next instalment of the Sydney Derby will see the Swans travel across town to Spotless Stadium in Round 17.
Click here to see the full fixture for the 2017 home and away season.