Richmond's Round 16 clash with Gold Coast will be played in a prime-time slot, with the two sides to face off next Thursday, July 1 at 7.20pm as announced in today's fixture reveal.

The clash will be the first meeting between the two sides since Round 12, 2020, and the Tigers' first trip to Metricon Stadium since last year's semi-final win over St Kilda. 

Liam Baker in action against Gold Coast in 2020.

The following night, Geelong will have its fourth consecutive prime-time match, hosting the high-scoring Essendon at GMHBA Stadium on Friday night.

Also in that round, Sydney will host West Coast at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong, after the Swans were forced out of New South Wales due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

Greater Western Sydney, who is already in Melbourne, will remain in Victoria for the next week before being hosted by the Demons at the MCG at 1:45pm AEST on Saturday, July 3.

Adelaide hosts Brisbane in the twilight slot, with Hawthorn-Port Adelaide on Saturday night in what will be Shaun Burgoyne's 400th match.

Fremantle-Carlton is the other Saturday night match, while Collingwood hosts St Kilda at the MCG on Sunday and the Western Bulldogs-North Melbourne clash closes the round.

The Round 16 fixture:

Thursday, July 1
Gold Coast v Richmond at Metricon Stadium, 7.20pm AEST

Friday, July 2
Geelong v Essendon at GMHBA Stadium, 7.50pm AEST

Saturday, July 3
Melbourne v GWS Giants at the MCG, 1.45pm AEST
Adelaide v Brisbane at Adelaide Oval, 4.05pm ACST
Hawthorn v Port Adelaide at Marvel Stadium, 7.40pm AEST
Fremantle v Carlton at Optus Stadium, 5.40pm AWST

Sunday, July 4
Sydney v West Coast at GMHBA Stadium, 1.10pm AEST
Collingwood v St Kilda at the MCG, 3.20pm AEST
Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium, 4.40pm AEST