* The now-traditional Carlton v Richmond season opener at the MCG is on Thursday, March 21.
* The grand final is on September 28, with the time slot yet to be confirmed.
* Adelaide, Brisbane, Essendon, Geelong, Melbourne, Richmond, Sydney and the Western Bulldogs all have one five-day break. As compensation, all have at least seven-day breaks before and at least nine-day breaks after.
* Two round-nine games could be swapped, depending on whether Melbourne Victory loom as potential A League grand final hosts. The games in question are Essendon v Fremantle on Saturday night at Marvel Stadium and Sunday's Port Adelaide-Gold Coast match.
* West Coast will unfurl the premiership flag in round two against GWS - also captain Shannon Hurn's 250th game.
* Round three will feature the grand final rematch at the MCG.
* Good Friday double header - North Melbourne v Essendon at Marvel Stadium from 4.20pm and West Coast v Port Adelaide from 8.10pm (AEST).
* Easter and Anzac Day through rounds five and six (April 18-28), with at least one game on 10 of the 11 days.
* Your team and the key Thursday/Friday night time slots:
9 games: Collingwood (2 Thursday, 7 Friday)
6: Essendon (2/4) Richmond (3/3) Sydney (1/5)
5: Adelaide (2/3) Hawthorn (0/5)
4: Geelong (1/3) Melbourne (1/3) West Coast (1/3)
3: North Melbourne (0/3) Port Adelaide (0/3)
2: GWS (1/1)
1: Brisbane (1/0) Carlton (1/0) Western Bulldogs (0/1)
0: Fremantle, Gold Coast, St Kilda
* Champions Data's club-by-club fixture rankings (hardest to easiest)
3. North Melbourne
4. West Coast
10. Port Adelaide
14. Western Bulldogs
15. Gold Coast
18. St Kilda