AFL Grand Final 2021 start time, venue, where to watch

One of the greatest traditions in Australian sport will return in 2021 with the AFL Grand Final returning to the MCG.

The 2020 decider was played under lights at the Gabba due to the coronavirus pandemic. Staged on October 24, it was the first Grand Final played outside Victoria and the first played at night.

The league announced in March the game will return to its traditional timeslot and home ground in 2021.

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The commission rejected a push in some quarters for a night or twilight Grand Final.

“We know that season 2020 was a unique season, and by necessity we had to make some exceptional decisions surrounding the competition including moving most teams to Queensland and moving the grand final and the start time for the first time in its history,” AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said.

“The build-up and event in Queensland was a huge success.”


But he said Grand Final day this year would feel normal again.

“Wherever they are located around Australia, we want to give footy fans that familiar feeling back on grand final day,” he said.

“A Saturday afternoon start-time, the build-up, the anticipation, friends, family and the BBQ in the backyard, all combining to make it the best event on the Australian sporting calendar.”

The day before the Grand Final — Friday, September 24 — is a public holiday in Victoria. Traditionally the Grand Final parade is held on this day with players from both Grand Final teams through the streets of Melbourne, culminating in a footy festival site outside the MCG.


Date: Saturday, September 25

Start time: 2.30pm (AEST)

Venue: MCG

TV broadcaster: Channel 7

Originally published as2021 AFL Grand Final date, time locked in

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