Essendon have formally requested the AFL to modify its first-round conflict from Marvel Stadium to the MCG, 7NEWS understands.

The determined bid to get 21,00zero extra followers to the soccer comes 19 days earlier than the Bombers host Hawthorn within the Saturday evening characteristic conflict.

The AFL and Victorian authorities final week confirmed the state’s two largest grounds can host crowds at 50 per cent capability from this weekend.

The present fixture would enable simply 29,00zero followers to attend on March 20, whereas the requested change would develop that to 50,00zero on the MCG.

However roadblocks are in place.

The MCG is already internet hosting Melbourne versus Fremantle on Saturday afternoon, along with the season-opening video games on Thursday evening and Friday evening.

Essendon haven’t played in front of fans at the MCG since 2019.
Essendon haven’t performed in entrance of followers on the MCG since 2019. Credit score: Getty
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