Reigning premiers Richmond is considering delaying the unveiling of its past two premiership flags, with club boss Brendon Gale determined for his team to share the unique and significant moment with as many Tigers fans as possible.

Gale’s comments come amid reports very little, or no, general admission tickets could be made available for Round 1 games in Victoria.

The Age reported on Tuesday night that clubs and the AFL were still discussing early-season ticketing arrangements, especially around the allocation split for games. The report indicated home club members would be prioritised, followed by away team members and stadium members — like MCC and AFL members — leaving little to no room for fans wanting to purchase general admission seats.

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Should the Victorian government allow 50 per cent capacity for the Richmond-Carlton season-opener at the MCG, it means the Tigers could only have around 20,000 members in the venue to see the historic double flag unveiling. They could, instead, delay it by a few weeks or months, as it’s likely more people would be allowed into grounds by then.

Richmond still hasn’t publicly unfurled its 2019 flag, as all three of its MCG home games last year were played in front of no crowds before the team relocated to Queensland to complete the, ultimately successful, 2020 season.

Richmond raised the 2017 AFL Premiership Flag before its Round 1, 2018 match against Carlton. Picture: Julian SmithSource: AAP

Asked on Tuesday night how many fans would have to be in the stadium for the Tigers to unfurl their flags, Gale told 3AW’s Sportsday: “We’d like to think there’d be a lot.

“Clearly it’s a really proud moment and we want to share that with as many members and fans as possible. Flags are really hard to win, but to have the opportunity to unfurl two is remarkable now.

“We’re hopeful there’d be 50 per cent capacity – that would lend itself to a fairly sizeable crowd, and so we’re planning along those lines. But I’m not quite sure whether that’s going to be the case. We need to watch and wait.

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“At the end of the day, we want to share this moment with as many Richmond families we can. So it may be Round 1 possibly, but it may not.”

After Round 1, Richmond is scheduled to play Hawthorn in an away game in Round 2 before a home clash against the Swans at the ‘G the next round. The Tigers’ next MCG home match after Round 3, according to the flexible fixture released in December, isn’t until Round 7 against the Western Bulldogs.

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Gale said delaying the occasion until Round 3 with the prospect of having more fans was “something we’d have to take into account”.

“You want to maximise the amount of people in the ground as possible. I’ll leave it at that,” he said.

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