AFL grand final moves to Perth, will be played at Optus Stadium

The AFL has announced that this year’s grand final will be played in Perth, with the timeslot set to be later than usual due to the time difference in WA compared to the eastern seaboard.

Last week, the AFL announced Optus Stadium as a contingency venue should Victoria be unable to host at the MCG and was waiting on the Victorian government to make a final decision on hosting.

With daily coronavirus cases still in the high double figures in Victoria, the state government has made the call.

Victorian Sports Minister Martin Pakula said the government took a long time to decide on sending the grand final elsewhere because it wanted to give “every opportunity” for the case numbers in the state to drop.

In exchange for the move to Perth this year, an extra year has been added to the MCG’s contract to host the marquee match – until 2059.

The MCG will also get an extra eight AFL matches over five years from 2022-2026, and four additional AFLW matches will be played in regional Victoria over a three-year period.

with Claire Siracusa

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