AFL makes history by giving green light to the code’s first night grand final – and the first decider played AWAY from Melbourne
Brisbane will host the 2020 AFL grand final to be played under lights for the first time.
The historic occasion will be played outside Melbourne for the first time in the AFL’s history as the city battles a second coronavirus wave.
The Commission settled on the Gabba as the new venue on Tuesday with more details expected to be revealed on Wednesday.
The time of the opening bounce is yet to be revealed but will be played in the twilight or evening timeslot.
The AFL premiership trophy was spotted at Melbourne Airport being loaded onto a Queensland-bound flight on Tuesday.
AFL chief executive Gil McLachlan was tight-lipped when pressed for more details while boarding a plane for the Gold Coast from Melbourne.
‘There is a recommendation to the commission that’s been accepted,’ McLachlan told reporters.
‘But there’s stuff we’re working through clearly today with the Victorian government and the relevant bodies and hopefully we get there.
‘We’re looking forward to completing it tonight or in the morning and making an announcement tomorrow.’
It’s understood the AFL will recoup $12 million in ticket sales by hosting the grand final at the Gabba with a 30,000-seat capacity.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the government ‘made a very comprehensive pitch.
‘We know when the AFL first floated the idea of a hub, we welcomed that idea and worked with the Chief Health Officer to make that happen. Since then we have hosted nearly the entire AFL competition,’ she said.
‘If Queensland is fortunate [enough to host the grand final], we know that it is just this once and it is to look after the AFL whilst Victoria is going through a very difficult time.’