It was the information Victorian footy followers have been dreading and West Aussies have been praying for – an AFL grand last in COVID-safe Perth.
On Tuesday it was confirmed that this yr’s footy last shall be performed at Optus Stadium.
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Will probably be the second yr the sport has been performed exterior of Victoria because of COVID.
Final yr the sport was performed in Brisbane as Victoria struggled by its lengthy lockdown.
A grand last parade may even happen in Perth after it was scrapped for final yr’s match in Brisbane.
So, how do you get a ticket to the Grand Closing? Will a full home be allowed at Optus Stadium?
Right here’s all you must know.
When is the AFL Grand Closing?
The AFL Grand Closing shall be performed at Optus Stadium in Perth on Saturday, September 25.
What time will or not it’s on?
That is nonetheless to be confirmed, though a twilight match seems doubtless.
“We’re engaged on it,” AFL boss Gillon McLachlan mentioned on Tuesday.
“The time distinction and the capabilities of that venue imply it’s unlikely to be 2.30pm Jap (commonplace time.)
“We’ll come again on it as quickly as we will.”
Optus Stadium in Perth will host the 2021 AFL grand last. Credit score: AAP/GETTY
Will or not it’s a full home?
There are at the moment no capability restrictions at Optus Stadium, that means a full home of 60,000 footy followers is probably going.
When will tickets go on sale?
Not till the 2 finalists are locked in – ie, in one other two weeks after the semi-finals and preliminaries are over.
It’s anticipated that tickets will go on sale on Monday, September 20.
How a lot will tickets price?
That is additionally not identified but.
The Grand Closing on the MCG in 2019 price a minimal of $185 per ticket with finest seats upwards of $400.
West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers members will get precedence entry.
AFL chief government Gillon McLachlan made the announcement that Perth would host the AFL grand last. Credit score: Getty
Can individuals come to the sport from interstate?
Provided that in accordance with present authorities restrictions and border controls.
For instance, if the McGowan authorities’s present restrictions stay unchanged will probably be just about unattainable for individuals to fly into Perth to attend the sport from NSW.
Followers from Victoria would wish permission to enter WA and would wish to reach by September 11 in an effort to self-isolate for the required 14-day interval earlier than with the ability to attend the sport.
Underneath present guidelines, Queenslanders would wish to self-quarantine in WA for 14 days earlier than attending the match.
Folks from South Australia, Tasmania, or the Northern Territory would wish to finish a compulsory declaration earlier than entry.
Will there be pre-and-post sport leisure?
Gameday leisure is but to be formally confirmed however there are requires it to be offered by native expertise, with WA bands Birds of Tokyo and Eskimo Joe two names within the providing.
WA may even host this yr’s Brownlow Medal on Sunday, September 19.
There may even be a grand last parade in Perth, probably on Friday, September 24 – the day earlier than the massive sport – at midday within the CBD.
May Eskimo Joe play on the AFL Grand Closing at Optus Stadium? Credit score: Paul Kane/Getty Pictures
Will or not it’s nearly as good as a Melbourne footy last?
Gillon McLachlan thinks so.
“Western Australian footy followers are as passionate as any within the nation and the stadium in Perth, with a capability crowd of 60,000 in attendance, shall be an ideal spectacle, not just for town of Perth however for all footy followers world wide,” he mentioned.
And WA Premier Mark McGowan agreed, calling it a “comfortable, historic, thrilling day for WA.”
The choice was made to carry the AFL Grand Closing in Perth as Victoria struggles with an outbreak of the Delta COVID variant and the prospect of enjoying a sport in entrance of a crowd on the MCG grew to become untenable.
“This can be a determination made in the perfect pursuits of the well being and security of Victorians as we proceed to drive down the present outbreak,” Victorian sports activities minister Martin Pakula mentioned on Tuesday.
“It’s additionally in the perfect pursuits of soccer – if the grand last could be performed in entrance of supporters, then it ought to be.
“We stay up for the grand last returning to its conventional dwelling on the MCG in 2022 and for many years past.”