AFL confirms primetime grand final for east coast viewers
First bounce is locked in for 5.15pm local time in Perth, which is 7.15pm AEST.
As expected, the AFL has confirmed a twilight start for the Grand Final in the west.
First bounce is locked in for 5.15pm local time which is 7.15pm AEST, 15 minutes earlier than last year’s start time.
The clash will finish at approximately the same time as the 2020 decider held at the Gabba.
“The 5:15pm AWST / 7:15pm AEST start time aims to provide fans at the game with the ultimate Grand Final experience by maximising the stadium’s offering while taking into consideration the broadcast audience across the country,” the AFL’s general manager of clubs and broadcasting Travis Auld said.
“The AFL, together with the Seven Network, remain cognisant of finishing the match at a suitable time for younger footy fans and, as a result, landed on a timeslot that is earlier than the usual start time for night matches during the season and last year’s Grand Final.
“Historically, a really special part of Grand Final day is the build-up and anticipation, and we want to ensure we can share the excitement and atmosphere with the millions watching across the nation and around the world.”