THE 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final will return to its traditional timeslot and home.
AFL club presidents were told on Wednesday afternoon the game would start at 2.30pm on Saturday September 25 at the MCG.
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It is hoped that a capacity 100,000 spectators will be able to attend, pending COVID-19 protocols which last year forced the AFL to schedule a couple of firsts a Grand Final played at night, at a venue outside of Victoria, the Gabba.
In isolation, the 2020 Grand Final was a resounding success, and just reward for the preparedness of the state of Queensland to allow the home-and-away season to continue when other states had shut their borders. The half-time entertainment clearly benefited from the light show spectacle.
But it was always the intent of AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan and the AFL Commission to return the 2021 match to a daytime fixture, largely as an acknowledgment to the rusted-on fans who love the ritual of a day game to determine the season’s premier team.
Fireworks explode at half-time during the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final on October 24. Picture: AFL Photos
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The AFL Commission met on Wednesday to formalise its 2021 Grand Final position before informing the clubs.
More to come

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