October 15, 2012 @ 5:00 PM

FREMANTLE and West Coast have been fixtured to play a Carlton Mid Derby at Patersons Stadium in a stand-alone Saturday night game on the first weekend of the 2013 AFL season.

Footy's fiercest rivals will battle it out in front of a packed house and a massive national television audience just 24 hours after the season gets underway when Adelaide host Essendon at AAMI Stadium on Friday, March 22.

The following weekend Richmond and Carlton will do battle in their now-traditional Thursday night contest at the MCG.

And the monster round one will come to an end when Geelong and Hawthorn meet at the 'G on Easter Monday.

"Scheduling opening round over two weeks enables us to showcase the start of the season on Friday and ...

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