The AFL has once more resisted the urge to modify to a profitable twilight grand remaining, electing to play this yr’s season decider within the conventional afternoon timeslot.
- The AFL grand remaining will get underway at 2:30pm AEST on September 30
- The league says it should “proceed to overview the beginning time for future grand finals”
- A fan survey confirmed overwhelming help to maintain the grand remaining within the afternoon timeslot
The AFL Fee ended the yearly debate when it met on Wednesday, locking in a 2:30pm AEST begin for the grand remaining to be performed on the MCG on September 30.
A whopping 73 per cent of these polled in an AFL Followers Affiliation survey in March need the grand remaining to stay a day affair.
Outgoing AFL chief government Gillon McLachlan has held agency in his desire for a day grand remaining as he prepares handy the reins over to Andrew Dillon.
“The fee will proceed to overview the beginning time for future grand finals,” McLachlan stated in an AFL assertion.
“The AFL’s position is to ship the very best sport expertise, each for followers on the floor and for the hundreds of thousands watching the published … we stay dedicated to creating an incredible occasion, each within the build-up through the week and culminating in 100,000 followers on the MCG.”
In the course of the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AFL experimented with evening grand finals in 2020 on the Gabba in Brisbane and Perth Stadium the next yr.
After immense stress from followers and members, the AFL determined to revert to a day grand remaining final yr as Geelong thrashed Sydney on the MCG.
Seven West Media chief government James Warburton has persistently argued for an evening grand remaining.
Warburton renewed his push for an evening match following a rankings droop in tv and streaming rankings throughout final yr’s one-sided grand remaining.