AFL Boss Gillon McLachlan Drives First-Ever MCG Twilight Grand Final

The AFL Grand Final has not been played in the MCG in two years and the return could come with a big change.

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan is conditioning fans for this year’s Grand Final to move away from the traditional 2:30pm start following the success of night and twilight deciders over the past two seasons.

The Grand Final returns to its normal home in the MCG for the first time since 2019, having played at the Gabba in Brisbane in 2020 and at the Optus Stadium in Perth last year due to border restrictions.

The decider in Brisbane, won by Richmond, was played in the evening with a local start at 6:30 pm, while last year’s match in Perth, won by Melbourne, had a local start at 5:15 pm which was 19: 3 p.m. in Melbourne.

In both matches, the Premiership Cup could be presented under lights, as well as post-match celebrations and halftime entertainment.

While an overnight Grand Final with a 7:00 p.m. start is off the table for the AFL committee, which could decide the start time next week, McLachlan on Friday gave the strongest indication yet that the late afternoon start was at stake. . the

“It won’t be nighttime, it’ll be dusk or day,” McLachlan told 3AW.

“The highlight of our season was superbly presented both times (in Brisbane and Perth).

“It’s a different presentation, but I think they were both great grand finals.

“Victorians have not had the experience of being in the twilight.

“A lot of people thought it was an incredible presentation last year.”

McLachlan acknowledged that many people were entrenched in the tradition of an afternoon start to the grand finale, with most polls indicating fans don’t want a change.

But that may not be enough to stop the AFL committee from accepting the league’s stance that the game should end under lights.

“I know a lot of people don’t even want to think about that, and I respect that,” McLachlan said.

“I think there is a heritage component and a tradition that is very important to many football supporters.

“So please be aware that everyone understands that

“It is a Commission decision, I am confident it will be discussed next week. It’s just something that’s decided on the fly.

“At some point we will have to make a decision.”

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