This is idiotic even for an organization known for geniused decisions. People wont even be home in time to watch on tv let alone make it to games.
The flipside is having an awful crowd when played on a weeknight because fans can't attend in the region. It's already hot at that time of year, so they're gonna get the late Saturday game. Regardless of opponent.Cowboys v Raiders in Townsville for Round 1. 2nd v 4th isn't FTA worthy of course.
That's what I was thinking, maybe they're opening low key and have key clashes across R2-5 to compensate.Might just be the least hype-worthy round 1 of all time. What a bunch of dud match-ups.
I guess there's some logic in counting on Round 1 to draw big on its own merits, and save the big clashes for later?