Carlton's booming membership growth might see them seek to play more home games at the MCG.
The Blues currently have over 60,000 members, some 10,000 members more than this time last year, and they say are on track to hit a final tally of close to 75,000 for 2020.
Carlton are open to playing more games at the MCG. Credit:Joe Armao
With the club's membership growing from more than 50,000 members in 2017, 56,000 in 2018 and 64,000 in 2019, Carlton could try to play more home games at the MCG.
The Blues' deal with Marvel Stadium, which sees them play six home games at Docklands and five at the MCG, expires in October 2024. They have had the same split in 2018 and 2019 after they played five home games at Docklands and six at the MCG in 2017.
Marvel Stadium has a capacity of just over 53,000.
Carlton chief executive officer Cain Liddle was asked by a fan at the club's annual general meeting on Monday whether the club would play more games at the MCG given the growing membership. The fan wanted the club to do so.
"I somewhat share your views, that as membership continues to grow I think down the track we probably will need to get a game or two back to the MCG," Liddle said.
"It's something we will continue to analyse and you may see at some point us go back and have a conversation with the AFL.
"For what it's worth a 7/4 or 6/5 split [the current deal] works because it allows you to continue to build value within the reserve seats.
"If you have too many games at the MCG, a 100,000 seat venue, you can lose value in that seating."
Carlton president Mark LoGiudice added that the AFL wanted to see a strong Carlton Football Club.
"The AFL does want to work with us and they want to see Carlton up and about and filling the MCG.”
The Blues also gave members a sneak peak of the plans for the new Ikon Park development.
LoGiudice said the club was deep into the planning application approvals process and was working with state government and local council on the project.
Carlton have received $35 million for the development from the state and federal government and $5 million extra from other sources.
LoGiudice said the club hoped to be debt free by 2021. It would be the first time Carlton had no debt since 1996, having recently paid off about $2 million.
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