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Friday night Showdown for Adelaide Oval

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The Adelaide Crows will host the first-ever Friday night Showdown against Port Adelaide in round 3 next season, the AFL has announced.

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The AFL this morning released further details about its 2022 fixture, revealing the Crows and Power will face off at 7:50pm (ACDT) on Friday, April 1, in what could be a Friday night doubleheader in round 3.

The Adelaide Football Club earlier in the week made a formal submission to the AFL asking to host the marquee game on Friday night.

The Showdown has previously only been scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays, with both fixtures played on a Saturday night last season.

Crows CEO Tim Silvers said the AFL’s decision was “a win for our members as well our fans and the wider South Australian football community”.

“After joining the club it did not take me long to work out these games are as big and intense as any rivalry in the competition,” Silvers said.

“Getting a coveted Friday night time slot has been one of our priorities with this fixture.

“Hopefully Adelaide Oval’s capacity returns to what were normal levels prior to the pandemic and it’s a full house.”

SA Health is allowing a crowd of 35,000 to attend next week’s Ashes Test between Australia and England at the Adelaide Oval, where proof of double vaccination is now a condition of entry.

Port Adelaide currently leads Adelaide 26-24 in the all-time Showdown ledger, having won four out of the last five matchups between the two clubs.

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