Too soon to make final decision on AFL grand final: Andrews

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says it is too soon to make a final decision on moving the AFL grand final away from the MCG or out of Victoria.

Premier Andrews said he had far more important issues in relation to the ongoing lockdown and pandemic to deal with, but he acknowledged the community interest in the game.

He said Sports Minister Martin Pakula, the AFL and other parties would be more focused on sorting out whether there is any hope of it remaining in Victoria.

It seems highly likely the grand final will be moved interstate for the first time in AFL/VFL history with the Gabba in Brisbane seen as a possible destination given Queensland has hosted most of the league this season, while Western Australia, South Australia and NSW have also expressed interest.

“It’s something that we're speaking with the AFL about,” Mr Andrews said.

“We've got a contract in place so we would seek to add at a year at the end of that contract if the event can't occur here.

“We're doing everything we can to make sure that it does but it is a long way off.”

Mr Andrews said his focus had to be on bringing COVID-19 numbers down.

“It is a long way off and I think we're all rightly focused on getting to the other side of this [pandemic] but as soon as there's any decision made there or anything that I can update you,” Mr Andrews said.

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