2021 AFL Grand Final moves to Perth
AFL Grand Final locked in for Optus Stadium in Perth on September 25.
The 2021 AFL Grand Final will take place at Optus Stadium in Perth due to the ongoing pandemic.
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan confirmed the news this afternoon.
The match will take place on Saturday 25th September at “a time to be determined.”
“We will be back at the MCG bigger and better in 2022,” said McLachlan.
“You have stuck by our game all year, and I know how hard it has been, especially how challenging it has been for the community of football.
“It has been a tricky season, not only for the AFL, but for all your leagues.
“I want you to know that priority of the AFL to have you back up and running for next season as you have our support.”
He is yet to finalise discussion with Seven, but acknowledges it is likely to be later than 2:30pm given the time difference.
It isn’t clear how many fans will be allowed into the WA stadium nor quarantine rules for teams.
Victorian Sports Minister Martin Pakula said “it wouldn’t be responsible” to rush crowds back to the football in time for an MCG Grand Final, and the decision had been made in the best interests of the game.
“The Grand Final should be played in front of fans if it can be,” he said.
“I want Victorian footy fans to know that we will be compensating for the agreement,” he said.
“We have been guaranteed extra premiership matches from 2022-2026.
“More football will be taken to regional Victoria.
“There will be a guarantee for WAFL matches at Victorian venues over a 3-year period starting with the 2021-2022 season, and the 2022-2023 AFL drafts being held here in Victoria, given the expectation that this year’s event may be a virtual one.”