Hawthorn will launch the defence of its premiership in Tasmania and unfurl the 2013 flag in a historic game under lights at Aurora Stadium in a round-one clash expected to fall against the Brisbane Lions.
The Hawks plan to commemorate the 2013 premiership by unfurling the premiership flag twice - first in Launceston in a bid to honour its successful and lucrative partnership with the Tasmanian community, followed by a second ceremony at the MCG in a grand final rematch against Fremantle.
While club chief executive Stuart Fox would not elaborate on key features of Hawthorn's 2014 schedule, he confirmed the club's wishes to unfurl the premiership flag twice and said the Hawks have requested an early-season twilight game at Aurora under its new lights.
''If the opportunity presented itself to unfurl the flag twice early in the season, both at the MCG and in Launceston, we think that would be an exciting prospect,'' said Fox.
Hawthorn flew to Tasmania on the Monday after its premiership victory and took the 2013 cup across the state in acknowledgement of that community and the long-term sponsorship agreement with the Tasmanian government, which gave the Hawks a $300,000 premiership bonus.
The Hawks next year will play three of the top six teams twice - Fremantle, Sydney and Geelong.