Hawthorn extend deal to play AFL in Tasmania

Hawthorn have extended their contract to play AFL games in Tasmania, as the island state's quest for its own side remains up in the air.

The club on Tuesday announced they would continue to play four games a season at University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston until the end of 2025.

The Hawks will play at the venue in rounds three, six, 10 and 22 this season -- the first of those matches against North Melbourne on April 1.

"Having this commitment provides certainty for the club while the state continues ... its pursuit of its own AFL team, which we have long said we are in support of," Hawthorn CEO Justin Reeves said.

The Tasmanian government, meanwhile, has unveiled details of the first stage of upgrades to UTAS Stadium, which includes an additional 1000 seats and improved facilities for players and fans.

The $65 million improvements, expected to be completed by early 2025, include the refurbishment of home and away change rooms and new interchange benches.

Tasmania's inclusion in the national competition seemingly rests on securing federal government funding for a new $715 million roofed stadium at Macquarie Point in Hobart.

The Liberal state government, which has pledged $375 million to the project, is asking for $240 million from the federal Labor government.

The AFL has committed $15 million, with the remaining $85 million to be gathered through borrowings against land sale or lease for commercial uses.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who is on the record as supporting the push for a Tasmanian side, has previously said the project will be examined as part of the federal budget process.

"The Macquarie Point plan, though, is about urban redevelopment," he told reporters on Friday.

"It is not just about a stadium, and that is the basis of the consideration that we will be giving. We take the expenditure of taxpayer funds seriously."

The Hobart stadium proposal has proven divisive in Tasmania, with state Labor and the Greens among those opposed.