The AFL has confirmed Perth Stadium will host the 2021 grand final, after the MCG was officially ruled out because of Melbourne’s coronavirus restrictions.
For Perth-based fans of the remaining clubs — Melbourne, Geelong, and GWS — the chance to see their team on the final day of the season without having to leave the state will prove a major temptation.
Grand final packages usually consist of a match day ticket plus flights and accommodation, with costs often running into the thousands of dollars.
The AFL has already opened an expression of interest site for fans wanting to secure a package for Perth Stadium, with prices starting at $1,350 per person.
More information about the release of tickets is expected in the coming days.
The AFL also has television agreements with several major broadcasters across Asia, Europe and North America.
Between them, they represent a potential viewing audience in the hundreds of millions of people.
That represents a lot of eyes on Perth, and the rest of the Western Australia.
And for a state government with its eyes on a future beyond the pandemic, the potential long-term benefits of that can not be overstated.
The Brownlow Medal function will also be held in Perth on September 19.
“It has become clear as we continue to navigate through these challenges that it wouldn’t be in the best interests of the community to host a grand final at the MCG in front of no crowd,” AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said.
As part of the decision to move this year’s grand final, the long-term contract in place that grants the MCG hosting rights for the annual season decider has been extended to 2059.
The AFL confirmed Victoria will host the national draft until 2023, with this year’s edition expected to be held as a virtual event.
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