Football will return to Victoria University Whitten Oval in round one of the 2017 pre-season competition the AFL announced today.

The Bulldogs will face Melbourne on Saturday, 18 February in the first AFL game at the Club’s spiritual home since the Dogs’ defeated Richmond by 22 points in Luke Beveridge’s coaching debut in 2015.

A Thursday night date with Brisbane under lights at Etihad Stadium follows before the Dogs head north to take on the Gold Coast Suns at Metricon Stadium in the final hit out before the beginning of the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership Season on March 24.

The pre-season competition has been rebadged as the JLT Community Series.


Saturday, 18 February
Western Bulldogs Vs Melbourne
Victoria University Whitten Oval
16:40 EDT

Thursday, 2 March
Western Bulldogs Vs Brisbane Lions
Etihad Stadium
19:40 EDT

Thursday, 9 March
Gold Coast Suns Vs Western Bulldogs
Metricon Stadium
16:50 EST

JLT Community Series Ticketing Information

2017 Western Bulldogs members* can scan their membership card for free entry into JLT Community Series Preseason matches (subject to capacity) or upgrade to a reserved seat, or register for a ticket in order to guarantee their entry (subject to availability, upgrade fees may be applicable).

Free entry for 2017 Western Bulldogs members* is only available for Western Bulldogs fixtures

*Sideline members do not qualify for free entry to these matches

JLT Community Series Ticket Prices

Ticket Type
Reserved Seating
General Admission
Family (2 adults, up to 4 juniors under the age of 15)$60.00$40.00
Adult Member upgrade/registration$10.00$5.00
Concession Member upgrade/registration$10.00$5.00
Junior Member upgrade/registration$5.00$3.00

 *Ticket agents and on-sale dates will be communicated once finalised.