It was the news Victorian footy fans were dreading and West Aussies were praying for – an AFL grand final in COVID-safe Perth.

On Tuesday it was confirmed that this year’s footy final will be played at Optus Stadium.

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It will be the second year the game has been played outside of Victoria thanks to COVID.

Last year the game was played in Brisbane as Victoria struggled through its long lockdown.

A grand final parade will also take place in Perth after it was scrapped for last year’s match in Brisbane.

So, how do you get a ticket to the Grand Final? Will a full house be allowed at Optus Stadium?

Here’s all you need to know.

When is the AFL Grand Final?

The AFL Grand Final will be played at Optus Stadium in Perth on Saturday, September 25.

What time will it be on?

This is still to be confirmed, although a twilight match looks likely.

“We’re working on it,” AFL boss Gillon McLachlan said on Tuesday.

“The time difference and the capabilities of that venue mean it’s unlikely to be 2.30pm Eastern (standard time.)

“We’ll come back on it as soon as we can.”

Optus Stadium in Perth
Optus Stadium in Perth will host the 2021 AFL grand final. Credit: AAP/GETTY

Will it be a full house?

There are currently no capacity restrictions at Optus Stadium, meaning a full house of 60,000 footy fans is likely.

When will tickets go on sale?

Not until the two finalists are locked in – ie, in another two weeks after the semi-finals and preliminaries are over.

It’s expected that tickets will go on sale on Monday, September 20.

How much will tickets cost?

This is also not known yet.

The Grand Final at the MCG in 2019 cost a minimum of $185 per ticket with best seats upwards of $400.

West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers members will get priority access.

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan made the announcement that Perth would host the AFL grand final.
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan made the announcement that Perth would host the AFL grand final. Credit: Getty

Can people come to the game from interstate?

Only if in accordance with current government restrictions and border controls.

For example, if the McGowan government’s current restrictions remain unchanged it will be virtually impossible for people to fly into Perth to attend the game from NSW.

Fans from Victoria would need permission to enter WA and would need to arrive by September 11 in order to self-isolate for the required 14-day period before being able to attend the game.

Under current rules, Queenslanders would need to self-quarantine in WA for 14 days before attending the match.

People from South Australia, Tasmania, or the Northern Territory would need to complete a mandatory declaration before entry.

Will there be pre-and-post game entertainment?

Yes!

Gameday entertainment is yet to be officially confirmed but there are calls for it to be provided by local talent, with WA bands Birds of Tokyo and Eskimo Joe two names in the offering.

WA will also host this year’s Brownlow Medal on Sunday, September 19.

There will also be a grand final parade in Perth, most likely on Friday, September 24 – the day before the big game – at noon in the CBD.

Could Eskimo Joe play at the AFL Grand Final at Optus Stadium?
Could Eskimo Joe play at the AFL Grand Final at Optus Stadium? Credit: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Will it be as good as a Melbourne footy final?

Gillon McLachlan thinks so.

“Western Australian footy fans are as passionate as any in the country and the stadium in Perth, with a capacity crowd of 60,000 in attendance, will be a great spectacle, not only for the city of Perth but for all footy fans around the world,” he said.

And WA Premier Mark McGowan agreed, calling it a “happy, historic, exciting day for WA.”

The decision was made to hold the AFL Grand Final in Perth as Victoria struggles with an outbreak of the Delta COVID variant and the prospect of playing a game in front of a crowd at the MCG became untenable.

“This is a decision made in the best interests of the health and safety of Victorians as we continue to drive down the current outbreak,” Victorian sports minister Martin Pakula said on Tuesday.

“It’s also in the best interests of football – if the grand final can be played in front of supporters, then it should be.

“We look forward to the grand final returning to its traditional home at the MCG in 2022 and for decades beyond.”

AFL grand final at Optus Stadium in Perth: Your questions answered
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