2nd Sep 2020
AFL Grand Final 2020 to be in Brisbane
The Victorian Government has agreed to the relocation of the AFL Grand Final from the home of football – the MCG – to Brisbane for one year. The 2020 AFL Grand Final will be played at the Gabba on Saturday, 24 October.
The coronavirus pandemic means it is impossible to plan with certainty for an event to be held with crowds in Melbourne in late October. Accepting this situation, the Victorian Government acted to ensure that football’s greatest spectacle would not be denied a crowd while delivering more guaranteed games for Victorian supporters.
According to Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula, “We’ve acted in the interests of Victorians and all footy fans – this is a one-off deal in a one-off year that means the Grand Final can be played in front of supporters, as it should be.”
“The pandemic is a life and death battle and we cannot risk our hard-fought gains for the sake of rushing back to crowds before it is safe.”
“This agreement secures the Grand Final at the MCG until 2058 and reinforces our position at the heart of Australian football.”
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said, “I want to thank the Premier Daniel Andrews and Sports Minister Martin Pakula for working with us to ensure the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final can be played in front of a crowd.”
“The Victorian Government has been a long-term partner and supporter of our game and a driving force behind the growth of our game. We know this is a tough time for all Victorians and our thoughts are with the Victorian community as we continue to deal with the impacts of this pandemic.”
“We look forward to returning our Grand Final to the MCG in 2021.”