Richmond, still recovering from its finals demise, stands to start the 2014 season with a face-off against Carlton, the club that ended its 2013 campaign.
Provided a joint request from Carlton and Richmond is approved by the AFL, a clash that drew almost 95,000 spectators to the MCG on Sunday will be replayed in the opening round of next year.
Ahead of a radical revamp of the fixture, the Tigers have also requested to play Collingwood twice next year, for the first time since 2007.
But it is the opportunity to measure themselves against Carlton again that looms as a strong summer motivation and is likely to make round one even more hyped than usual.
The crowd of 94,690 that attended Sunday's elimination final was the largest for a Richmond game since the 1982 grand final, another clash with the Blues, which was witnessed by 107,536 and which the Tigers lost by 18 points.
It was the highest attendance for a match this year and set a record for attendance at an elimination final, surpassing the 90,370 spectators that attended an Carlton-Essendon bout in 2011.
AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick and league bosses Andrew Demetriou and Gillon McLachlan were at Sunday's final with the latter pair said to be blown away by what they saw in the crowd.
Carlton and Richmond have played in round one for the past seven seasons, with the Tigers winning two of those encounters, most recently this year by five points. The clubs have been scheduled to play each other twice per season every year since 2008.
The clubs have come to a successful agreement where they share the gate takings from their clashes, with the arrangement encouraging both camps to promote the event equally.
The AFL's announcement of a radical 25-week season, with 22 games and two byes for all clubs, is imminent.
Round one will begin a week earlier in 2014 and is set to clash with the Melbourne grand prix. Split over March 14-16 and March 21-23, the first games of the home-and-away season will follow an overhauled pre-season competition. The AFL is also introducing a weighting system next year where the competition's top six teams will be handed tougher schedules.