AFL Grand Final returns to arvo slot
"We want to give footy fans that familiar feeling back," says AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan.
After it flirted with a primetime match in 2020, the AFL Grand Final is returning to the afternoon for 2021.
AFL club presidents were told on Wednesday afternoon the game would start at 2.30pm on Saturday September 25 at the MCG.
An AFL reports claims there are hopes for a capacity 100,000 spectators able to attend, pending COVID-19 protocols.
CEO Gillon McLachlan said, “Ultimately, the AFL Commission decided that while we will keep some of the unique components of the 2020 season, the prestige, nostalgia and atmosphere of the day Grand Final is something that people can look forward to.
“Wherever they are located around Australia, we want to give footy fans that familiar feeling back on Grand Final Day – a Saturday afternoon start-time, the build-up, the anticipation, friends, family and the BBQ in the backyard, all combining to make it the best event on the Australian sporting calendar.
“We still have a lot of work as a league and a community to get the finish line, but I would love nothing more to see 100,000 back at the MCG on the last Saturday in September.”
Grand finals played outside primetime make baby Jesus cry….