The AFL Grand Final is arguably the biggest sporting event on the Australian calendar, with close to 100,000 spectators piling in to watch each and every year and many millions more tuning on their TV screens. This year, the game returns to its traditional home at the MCG after being played at the Gabba last year, and this is all you need to know about it.
When is the 2021 AFL Grand Final?
Last year, the Grand Final took place in the evening in late October, but in 2021 it will return to its traditional timeslot. The game will take place on Saturday, September 25, the last Saturday in September, and the opening bounce will be at 2.30 pm. The decision to play it in the afternoon came after much debate following the success of last year’s night game for broadcasters, but ultimately tradition and the preference of most fans took precedence, and the game was shifted back to the afternoon.
Where to watch the AFL Grand Final?
The best place to watch the AFL Grand Final is, of course, at the game itself, and with this year’s edition set to return to the MCG in front of what is hopefully a capacity crowd, the atmosphere will no doubt be as good as ever. Only a lucky few will get the chance to attend though, and the rest of us will be tuning in on Channel 7.
The national broadcaster hasn’t yet released the schedule for the day’s action, but as always it will be a day-long footy fest. Coverage typically begins early in the morning, with pre-game discussion and a handful of events dominating the coverage, before the game kicks off at 2.30 pm and post-game follows into the evening.
Who is going to be playing?
This is the million-dollar question, and it’s one that we’ll have to wait a couple more months to find out. And as the 2021 AFL Grand Final odds show, there are plenty of teams throwing their hat into the proverbial ring.
It’s basically a five-team tie for AFL favoritism more than halfway into the regular season, with the vastly improved Bulldogs and Demons battling it out alongside three perennial contenders in the Cats, the Lions, and of course the reigning Premiers, the Tigers. A tier below them is the Power, who was just a kick away from a Grand Final berth last year while rounding out the list of teams with a realistic chance is the Eagles, who have some work to do after an inconsistent first half of the season.
As it seems to be most years, the AFL season is extremely tight in 2021, and who will be playing on Grand Final day is anyone’s guess. The details of the game, however, are a little more clear, and the traditionalists among the AFL fraternity will be pleased to see the game return to its traditional 2.30 pm timeslot on the last Saturday in September. Though it’s yet to be confirmed, the AFL is aiming for a capacity crowd of around 100,000, but regardless of how many go through the turnstiles, there will be millions around the country tuning in on Channel 7 for footy’s biggest day.