The Western Bulldogs are making a bold bid to have AFL footy return to Whitten Oval.

The five-year, $150 million redevelopment plan would increase crowd capacity to 18,000 and aim to have “heritage” games hosted at the iconic venue.  

“We would love to see the occasional heritage AFL match return to the ground in time,” Dogs chief executive Ameet Bains said.

“A redeveloped Whitten Oval for AFLW matches, with increased capacity and a first-class match day experience, certainly makes that a real opportunity.”

The upgrade would also include a rebuild of the Whitten Stand, a new convention centre and indoor training field as well as broadcast-quality light towers. 

The Bulldogs see The Kennel as a potential hub for the growing AFLW competition. 

“Our masterplan reflects the club’s long-term vision of the Whitten Oval precinct as a hub for the west that attracts and connects our community to the football club and gives our club the best chance of success on and off the field,” Bains said.

“Our immediate focus is to improve the experience of watching football at the venue to ensure the Whitten Oval remains one of the key AFL priority venues for AFLW matches.

“It will also involve a slightly reoriented playing surface and broadcast lighting quality, something the AFL has committed to investing in, given it sees the ground as a model venue for AFLW matches, especially at night.”

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