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fremantlefc.com.au  September 5, 2017 4:01 PM

The lights have been tested at Perth Stadium.

A Fremantle Dockers AFL Women’s game could be the first football event at the new Perth Stadium, according to AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan.

McLachlan revealed on Fox Footy’s On The Couch on Monday night that there are plans for a Fremantle AFLW game to be played at Perth Stadium on 10 February next year.

The league chief said the fixture would not be confirmed until the stadium user agreement was finalised.

“Feb 10, (there will be an) AFLW game to open football at the (new Perth Stadium),” McLachlan said.

 “We’ve got to get the deal done, so I can’t talk about it until we have an agreement to play any games.

 “We’ll get there. It’s an amazing stadium. We’re thankful to the State Government and I’m sure we’ll get a deal done.”

Fremantle’s AFLW season opener at Fremantle Oval in February this year had a capacity crowd of 10,000.

Fremantle CEO Steve Rosich said the club first raised the prospect of playing a Fremantle AFLW game at Perth Stadium with the AFL two months ago.

“To have a Fremantle AFLW game as the first football event to showcase the new Perth Stadium to all football fans would be a tantalising prospect,” Rosich said.

“We would anticipate a crowd in the order of 25,000 for a game of this nature, which would surpass the AFLW record set earlier this year of 22,000.

“There is nothing confirmed as yet, as we need to work through the unique set of circumstances for an event of this size being free of charge and how it would work commercially for all parties.”

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