The AFL today confirmed a 7:20 p.m. AEST start time for the first semifinal of the 2021 Toyota AFL Finals Series between the Brisbane Lions and Western Bulldogs, to be held at The Gabba on Saturday, September 4.
The health and safety of everyone in the community remains paramount and the AFL, along with the Brisbane Lions and Western Bulldogs, have agreed to strict travel arrangements and other protocols as approved by the Queensland Government.
The Brisbane Lions, who returned to Queensland on Sunday morning after playing their qualifying final in Adelaide, continue to adhere to AFL protocols. The Western Bulldogs, currently in Launceston, will continue to undergo a quarantine period in Tasmania before traveling to Brisbane on Friday.
AFL General Manager of Clubs and Broadcasters Travis Auld thanked both clubs for their patience as the league wrapped up the match start time at The Gabba.
“We are pleased to confirm that the semi-final between the Brisbane Lions and Western Bulldogs will be played at The Gabba on Saturday night,” said Mr Auld.
“It’s been an incredible start to the final series and with a 100 per cent crowd returning to Queensland this weekend, we’re looking forward to seeing members and supporters pack The Gabba for what’s going to be a great match.
“On behalf of the AFL, I would like to thank every club, players, coaches, staff and their families, umpires, AFLPA, fans, broadcasting and commercial partners, venues and the Queensland and Tasmanian governments for their patience and continued support of the 2021 Toyota AFL Finals Series.”
Match Schedule for Week Two and Week Three of the 2021 Toyota AFL Finals Series:
Friday September 3
Second Semifinal – Geelong Cats vs. GWS GIANTS at Optus Stadium, 7:50 PM AEST / 5:50 PM AWST.
Saturday September 4
First Semi-Final – Brisbane Lions vs. Western Bulldogs, The Gabba, 7:20 PM AEST.
Friday September 10
First Preliminary Final – Melbourne vs. winner of second semifinal (Geelong Cats vs. GWS GIANTS) at Optus Stadium, 7:50 PM AEST / 5:50 PM AWST.
Saturday 11 September
Second Preliminary Final – Port Adelaide vs. winner of the first semi-final (Brisbane Lions vs. Western Bulldogs), at Adelaide Oval, 7:40 PM AEST / 7:10 PM ACST.
All matches in week two and week three of the Toyota AFL Finals Series will be broadcast live nationwide on Seven Network and Fox Footy and streamed live on Kayo.
As a reminder to the media, the AFL last week announced a price freeze on all tickets to all games in week two of the 2021 Toyota AFL Finals Series with an entry-level reserved seat category to remain at $35. Information on day tickets for all matches across the country can be found at afl.com.au/finals.