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Cats want Pies or Bombers under lights

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Scott Spits

Geelong is lobbying the AFL to launch the redeveloped Simonds Stadium with a night match against a Victorian-based team in round 11 next year.

Cats chief executive Brian Cook confirmed the new Players Stand would be ready next May and the club wanted to unveil the improved facilities shortly afterwards.

"I'd like Collingwood to come down, or Essendon," Cook told 3AW. "It would be nice to get them down, but I don't think that will happen.

"I think we'll get a Melbourne-based side though, I think. Richmond or St Kilda I would hope."

"There is talk a (game against) Gold Coast might work because of the Gary Ablett factor."

The Simonds Stadium capacity will be just under 34,000 after stage three of the club's master plan to improve their home venue.

"The oval won't be ready until May 28. That's when the new stand is finished and when the lights are ready, too. We've asked the AFL whether we can open up the new stadium, the new stand, the lights, on that weekend.

"We've asked for that to be a night game on the Saturday night."

Cook admitted he would jump at the chance for the Cats to host finals matches at the iconic venue.

"I'd love that down the track. It's certainly on my radar, but I don't think it's on the AFL's radar at this stage."

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