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Grand Final shock: No pies and no beer?

A Test match at the Gabba grounds in Brisbane Renovations at the Gabba are due to completed next month
Noah Ferguson | 04 September, 2020, 16:54

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan and his family head to Queensland to announce the AFL Grand final will be played at the Gabba.

"The Queensland presentation was world class and, while the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final will be the centrepiece, an extensive promotional campaign for the sport of Australian football, including multiple regional locations throughout Queensland, will bring fans closer to footy in the lead-up to the event and provide a lasting legacy", AFL boss Gillon McLachlan said.

Planning and preparation have been ongoing at Seven for the various possible Grand Final locations and scenarios that arose as it became apparent the premiership decider would be played outside Victoria for the first time in the competition's history.

Racing officials insist the Melbourne Cup will go ahead in November, but whether it has large crowds and a world-class field of imported thoroughbreds remains uncertain.

"There's no use having that Queen's Birthday weekend" Marto told listeners.

An AFL spokesman said planning and details would be worked through over the coming eight weeks before the Grand Final. This sets a solid precedent for the QLD Government who have already reaped the rewards of the Ekka Day Public Holiday moved from a Wednesday to a Friday.

McLachlan said the grand final will be played before a crowd of at least 30,000 people.

In May, the Queensland Government granted the NRL a travel exemption to restart its season and launched a fresh bid to host this year's NRL grand final at Suncorp Stadium.

"It's certainly I don't think any earlier than 5.30pm up here, 6.30pm (in) Melbourne, more likely later".

"How great would it be to grow Australia's game in Queensland", she says in the video.

Eddie McGuire has explained the AFL's logic behind moving this year's Grand Final into a night timeslot, saying the League's ambition to be the highest-rating sporting event of the year would've played a significant role in the decision.

"Queensland is not just Brisbane".

V'landys is attempting to secure four new suburban Sydney stadiums worth $1 billion and that will hinge on the grand final remaining in NSW.

"It's not of concern to us, good luck to the Queensland Government", he said.

"This has been a season like no other and I want to thank the Queensland community and the Queensland Government for their support and for wholeheartedly welcoming our game to the state".

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