The AFL will officially announce that the 2021 Grand Final will be played at Perth’s Optus Stadium.
League boss Gillon McLachlan will speak to media in Melbourne at 1.15pm AWST and Prime Minister Mark McGowan will follow shortly after.
Earlier on Tuesday, Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews was reluctant to admit the premiership decision on September 25 could not be played out in front of fans at the MCG, saying he would leave any announcement to the AFL.
“I know the footy final and the grand finale is a spiritual thing. It’s part of our soul as a city and state, but no football game is worth putting people in hospital, it just isn’t,” said Mr Andrews, whose state recorded a further 76 local cases.
“You know, this is a global pandemic and we have to make decisions based on the very best evidence. I leave it to others to make announcements about that event.”
Confirmation of the move to Perth will be announced after a deal is signed for another one-year contract extension that will retain the grand final in the MCG for the next 38 years.
The grand twilight final is expected to begin sometime between 5pm and 5:40pm in Perth to coincide with television prime time on the East Coast and allow Optus Stadium’s lighting system to take over from the show’s serenity.
The Brownlow Medal counting is likely to take place in Perth over the weekend of the pre-grand final bye, while preparations are made for a parade on Friday, September 24, likely along the same route as the Christmas Pageant on St Georges Terrace.
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