I want to preserve the health, safety and freedoms that Western Australians have been enjoying. Yes I’m sure it’ll take in untold millions into the economy considering you cant cross the border ,I live here and I don’t think AFL is that popular here, Perth would have been better in my eyes. "The pandemic is a life and death battle and we cannot risk our hard-fought gains for the sake of rushing back to crowds before it is safe.". But while the 42,000-capacity Gabba is smaller, support continues to grow for a Queensland decider because of the support the state government has given the AFL in allowing the season to continue. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. Seven CEO and Managing Director James Warburton said: “The Grand Final at the Gabba is the culmination of an incredible season of collaboration with the AFL.

Together we’ve been able to deliver a top-quality broadcast schedule in a season like no other, and it’s a testament to the strength of our partnership that the fans have continued to see great footy throughout.”, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport Lewis Martin commented: “We applaud the AFL’s decision to play the 2020 Grand Final at the Gabba. Curators rip up turf from MCG goal square to lay at Gabba for AFL Grand Final. Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address, Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps. In acknowledging the move, Victorian Sports Minister Martin Pakula said: “We’ve acted in the interests of Victorians and all footy fans – this is a one-off deal in a one-off year that means the grand final can be played in front of supporters, as it should be. There’s been so much talk of it over the last few years, this is the year to do it. news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site.

A section of the MCG goal square, which has witnessed some of the Grand Final’s most famous moments, was expertly lifted out by ground staff for replanting at the Gabba next Monday. At Seven, we’ll roll our sleeves up and get ready to deliver an AFL Grand Final of epic proportions to all Australians, one that will be part of a truly historic day of sport that also features the 100th running of the iconic Cox Plate.”. Does that help? The 2020 Australian Football League finals series will be the 124th annual edition of the VFL/AFL finals series, the Australian rules football tournament staged to determine the winner of the 2020 AFL premiership season.The series is scheduled to be played over 4 weekends in October, culminating in the 2020 AFL Grand Final on 24 October 2020.. The 2020 Australian Football League finals series will be the 124th annual edition of the VFL/AFL finals series, the Australian rules football tournament staged to determine the winner of the 2020 AFL premiership season.The series is scheduled to be played over 4 weekends in October, culminating in the 2020 AFL Grand Final on 24 October 2020.. Comments. Today a section of the hallowed turf began the journey to Brisbane for the 2020 AFL Grand Final. I’m well aware AFL’s not the primary code, but I think people realise the significance of the event being held here. The tougher WA border rules are the reason they didn’t get the AFL final as any team would have to quarantine for 7 days prior to playing as Gillon said. McLachlan said it was a “close” battle between bidding states, and that it was necessary to have a back-up plan. True, family’s don’t want a night game, should be for all supporters, greedy AFL and tv networks. Why not Perth an AFL state not Ruby League like QLD? In order for the game not to clash with the Cox Plate, to be run for 100th time at Moonee Valley on October 24, the match will be played at night for the first time in its history. Yep and Perth would have been 3 hours for Vic, NSW and Tassie, 2.5 hours for South Aust and 2 hours for Qld, so could have had a 5pm start in WA which would be on at 8pm(ish) in the 3 hour ones, 7:30pm in SA and 7pm in Qld could have covered a lot of bases (and still in daylight out of Perth to the end). A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. The Gabba was granted hosting rights to the Grand Final as a reward. All times AEDT (GMT +11). Digital rights.

It would cost way too much money to lay enough courts at different sites to host all the matches as well as have the space to stage all the other events on the grounds at the same time like the concerts. There’s the obvious benefits for broadcasters, but I reckon night makes a much better spectacle as well.

Yeah I’m talking what the AFL Media Reporters (Fox Sports, Herald Sun, The Age, Adelaide Now, Perth Now and etc., etc.,) are saying this morning. I do wish it was in Perth however, without QLD’s help there would be no game this year. Greedy AFL are using pandemic as an excuse. News Corp Australia. What an absolute joke. The Gabba capacity for the game will be 30,000 with the AFL also saying Adelaide Oval in South Australia would be a back-up venue if the coronavirus pandemic meant the game had to be moved. It's fair to say the AFL's decision to install a little piece of the MCG at the Gabba for this year's grand final, has gone down like a lead balloon with supporters.. A … The AFL Grand Final will take place on Saturday October 24 in a history-making nighttime match. There is a push from some AFL officials to let a capacity crowd in to the historic premiership showdown at The Gabba.
The AFL will get more money for a night GF due to higher TV ratings. Find out more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. It's official, The Gabba will host the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final on Saturday 24th October. It has been played away from the MCG just once in the last 74 years, when it was hosted by Waverley Park in 1991 due to reconstruction works. It’s good that it is in QLD since they basically saved the AFL season, but I thought it would be at Optus Stadium with 60k capacity given they could start it at traditional time slot and it would be twilight for the easy coast which would make 7 happy. ADD TO CALENDAR 10/24/2020 10:21 AM AEST 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final. It will be the first time in AFL history the game’s showpiece event is held away from Victoria. It's official — this year's AFL grand final will be held in the Sunshine State. The MCG has been empty since Round 1 when the AFL and most of its teams had to escape to Queensland to keep the 2020 season alive.

The AFL reviewed bids to host the Grand Final at the Gabba in Queensland, the newly built Optus Stadium in Western Australia and the recently reconstructed Adelaide Oval in South Australia. AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has confirmed the AFL grand final will be held at the Gabba in Brisbane, the first time the match has … Play Video. “All the presentations I think were excellent - all states I think have their points of strength.”. The Gabba is set to make history as the AFL grand final moves north to Queensland from its home at the MCG. A grand final in primetime will.

This doesn’t excite me though, because it hasn’t been a “real” season, so not a real GF imo. The Gabba is set to make history as the AFL grand final moves north to Queensland from its home at the MCG. I think Optus stadium cant host GF due to sponsor rights. Quite the coup for the QLD Premier – hosting the AFL Grand Final one week before the state election. McLachlan said West Australian football fans would understand the difficulty of players playing a grand final after enduring a “hard” lockdown of at least seven days. A special project is underway to literally put ‘The G’ into The Gabba ahead of this year’s AFL Grand Final.
Not true. The top eight teams from the 2020 AFL … McLachlan said the WA government remained "unapologetic" about its harsh policy and could not commit to allowing the full 60,000 capacity at Optus Stadium. Bring to SA we at least have a bigger AFL following. The League has also booked in Mike Brady to perform legendary song Up There Cazaly from the MCG on Grand Final day, with the performance to be beamed into the Gabba during the night. There is a push from some AFL officials to let a capacity crowd in to the historic premiership showdown at The Gabba. We’d also like to acknowledge the incredible effort of the clubs to keep the season on track and now on the verge of a thrilling finals series. I’m a mad AFL fan and so happy with this year they are trying a night time grand final. The AFL considered the prospect of holding the game at Perth's Optus Stadium but McLachlan indicated the WA government's hard border stance and quarantine measures made that difficult. Trust me, networks totally want primetime match.

It will be on primary channel but keep in mind QLD is one hour behind the daylight saving states, so if it starts at 7pm will be 8pm. 30,000 in a 42,000 venue is going to look better than 30,000 in a 55,000 venue, the view is if South Australia had have gone to 40,000 it may have got the rights to it. If that was the case the GF would be in Adelaide. It’s just reward for the way Queensland has stood up in the competition’s season of need and will also ensure – on the back of another Lions’ finals push and the Suns’ rise in 2020 – that footy continues to go from strength to strength in the Sunshine State. WordPress Website Development & Design by DMC Web, Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window). An AFL match played on Saturday arvo does not shift annual share, other than helping to lift 6pm news. Should of been in either SA or WA. Its the closes thing to home advantage the VFL can give them… If they were all based on Kangaroo Island, that’s where the GF would be this year…. Talk about timing! So think keeping it away from Optus stadium might have something to do with sponsors. Where is the true priority here …. The Grand Final will return to the MCG next year, which now has the event until 2058 -extended by one year. A bold push is on to lift the COVID cap on crowds at the Gabba for the AFL grand final as Queensland continues to smash the virus. WA apparently said that by October 24th they may allow more into the Optus, however couldn’t commit on it, so yeah 30,000 scattered in the stands on a 60,000 capacity just wouldn’t have looked the same, same with Adelaide Oval, so I’m sure the commentators are correct in their assessments (they did read all the proposals handed to the AFL). AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has confirmed the AFL grand final will be held at the Gabba in Brisbane, the first time the match has been held away from the MCG since 1991.

Seven will announce more details of its Grand Final broadcast in the coming weeks. But I think they made the correct decision rewarding QLD! Just ask cricket Australia how that works out for you when letting greed lead your decisions. Push to Fill The Gabba for AFL Grand Final – 96five Family Radio DONATE “As we’re moving plant material from one climate to another, we needed to ensure the turf extraction was done in a delicate way not to damage or cause stress to the roots to ensure it survived its long journey to the Gabba,” MCG turf manager Michael Salvatore said. Read more: https://t.co/GlTluS5aJG@HGTurfGroup pic.twitter.com/mlJYlCpCz9. The AFL Grand Final will be played away from the MCG for the first time in 30 years, but a special piece of the ground will still be part of the big day. In the end the AFL Executive and Commission based its decision on these key criteria: Safety in the best environment for all; Integrity and the need for uncompromised games in a high performance environment; our Fans and the engagement of existing and new supporters; Financial Support for our game in a year where revenue has been so impacted; and the Legacy in the long term vision for our game.”. After helping remove the turf, Salvatore has handed the next part of the job over to ground staff at the Gabba to make sure the patch finds its place in the goal square. A team of people across Victoria and Queensland, including grass curators, transport experts and horticulturalists, have come together to make the move possible.