Put this in your diary now – we’re opening the show in 2024 as we celebrate 150 years of the Sydney Swans.

The SCG will come alive on Thursday, March 7 as we take on Melbourne on the Opening Night of the AFL’s Opening Round.

Vic Ultimate members – don’t forget your membership includes three matches at the SCG, so make this one of them and start planning your trip to Sydney! 

Opening Night
Sydney Swans v Melbourne
Thursday, March 7 at 7:20pm

Join us to celebrate our journey from humble beginnings in South Melbourne in 1874 to the bright lights of the SCG and 65,000+ members.

The match promises to be a spectacle that blends history and rivalry – Melbourne was the first club South Melbourne played in its first season in the VFA in 1879.

CEO Tom Harley said it’s a match you won’t want to miss.

“Season 2024 is a special one in the history of our football club and what better way to kick it off than under lights at the SCG against our oldest rivals,” Harley said.


“After some huge crowds at the SCG this year we’re absolutely thrilled to be opening the season – this is going to be another one of those unmissable games that we will be talking about for the years ahead.

“We’re putting the finishing touches on our calendar of events to celebrate 150 years, commencing with this match as the centrepiece in Sydney, so mark it in your calendar now and make sure you’ve renewed your membership as it’s the best way to secure access.”

The Sydney Swans Opening Night is one of four matches across New South Wales and Queensland that will launch the 2024 Toyota Premiership Season.

The eight teams that play in the AFL’s Opening Round will then have a bye between Rounds 2 and 6, with all 18 teams in the competition having played the same number of games by the beginning of Round 7.

Full ticketing information will be released in the coming weeks.

This news comes after the confirmation of Gather Round earlier this week.