27/02/2024

Optus Stadium next in line for the Grand Final, if Victoria can't hold it. (Photo: Optus Stadium/Website)

It's been decided. The 2021 Grand Final will be heading West, if the MCG isn't able to hold the event, due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.

The AFL has today announced that the 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final will at Optus Stadium if Victoria isn’t able to hold the event at the MCG.

With Victorias COVID-19 situation yet to be under control it is highly unlikely that the Grand Final will be staged at the MCG, with the AFL deciding Optus Stadium Perth is the contingency venue of choice.

Presentations from State Governments were considered under five key criteria – Safety, Integrity, Fans, Financial and Legacy, all in the lead up to the code’s biggest game.

Ultimately Optus Stadium was chosen as the destination for the Grand Final after a combination of the five key criteria as well as being able to hold the greatest number of fans.

With the Western Derby being able to hold 100 percent capacity while the two qualifying finals being held in Adelaide will only see 15,000 fans attend the matches.

Adelaide Oval remains to be a back up option while the Queensland Government although didn’t submit a formal presentation will provide support after holding the 2020 Grand Final and a bulk of the 2020 season.

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“On behalf of the AFL I would like to thank the Victorian State Government for their support and understanding as we continue to plan our 2021 Finals series,” McLachlan said.
 
“The support of all State Governments and health officials throughout the season has allowed our game to continue throughout some really challenging circumstances.
 
“The Western Australian Government and Premier Mark McGowan have provided the AFL with a great backup plan, with Optus Stadium giving fans a great opportunity to attend if the match needs to move.
 
“The end of the 2021 Toyota AFL home and away season capped off a sensational season of footy, and our focus now turns to delivering fans the best finals series possible and we are off to a great start with four sold-out matches in Week One.”
 
“We will continue planning for the Grand Final to be held at the MCG, however today’s announcement provides us some clarity on a contingency if required.”

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