Lance Franklin is set to make his premiership debut for the Swans against the club that nearly became his home, but he will have to wait until May to take on the club he left to move north.
The Swans begin next season against Greater Western Sydney in a twilight clash at Giants Stadium (Sydney Showgrounds) on March 15. It will be the first of two games between the local clubs. The Swans also play twice against Essendon, Port Adelaide, Richmond and Hawthorn, including a Friday night round-eight blockbuster against the reigning premiers at ANZ Stadium on May 9.
The AFL fixture was released on Thursday morning, featuring significant changes, including the introduction of six Sunday night matches, six Thursday night matches and three games on Anzac Day.
Seven of the Swans' 11 homes games - three at ANZ Stadium and eight at the renovated SCG - will be against last season's top eight sides. However, contentiously, there is only one Sunday match scheduled for the SCG - against North Melbourne in round four - and the round 11 clash with Geelong is scheduled for a Thursday night, which will test patronage.
Acting Swans chief executive Dean Moore was unconcerned about the Thursday night fixture, saying the club was ''really pleased'' to be kicking off the Indigenous Round with a match that could feature Adam Goodes and Franklin.
The Swans' ANZ Stadium matches are against Collingwood in round two, the Hawks in round eight, and in the final round, against Richmond. The Swans' first trip to Melbourne will be to play the Paul Roos-led Demons in round five.
The Giants play eight matches at Giants Stadium and three in Canberra, against Western Bulldogs in round four, Port Adelaide in round seven, and North Melbourne in round 20.