THE AFL is racing against the pandemic as it looks to get its home and away season completed amid growing border chaos.
While five rounds remain and the league determined to play all the scheduled 45 matches as fixtured.
Some creative venue thinking will be needed in case more games need to be moved to Victoria which could open the door to Mars Stadium again.
Ballarat should host Western Bulldogs and Adelaide at some point, but if South Australia keeps its borders shut and its lockdown extends, it means its teams will be looking for venues to play at.
This would see Adelaide v North Melbourne and Port Adelaide v Carlton being moved to Victoria and needing homes.
There are also two Sydney matches which will definitely need to change venue, these include GWS Giants versus Port Adelaide and Sydney versus Gold Coast.
No doubt, Sydney would be keen to host the round 23 game against the Gold Coast in Geelong, however the Cats are also scheduled to play at home that weekend against the Demons, which could force the game to look for a new venue.
There are also two Tasmanian games scheduled which will need to be looked at, these games include North Melbourne v Geelong, scheduled for next weekend and Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs.
The North Melbourne v Geelong game could be a possibility given the conditions likely at Mars Stadium will be similar to what the teams could have expected in Hobart, and given the two sides have already played at Geelong this season, it would be unlikely the game would be held there.
Marvel Stadium would be the only other option for the match should Tasmania continue to keep its borders closed to Victoria.
It would be likely that the Hawks match with the Bulldogs would move to the MCG, but Mars still remains an option given Hawthorn is out of finals contention.
The AFL is not likely to make any decisions relating to round 20 until next week until it sees whether Victoria has been removed from its current lockdown, which appears likely given there are only two community infections having been recorded on Thursday.