Optus Stadium in Perth has been chosen as the preferred contingency venue for hosting the 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final, should the major sporting event not be able to go ahead at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The Australian Football League (AFL) had been working with the Western Australian, South Australian and Queensland Governments on relevant contingency plans for the Grand Final, which is scheduled to take place at the MCG on Saturday, 25 September.
Presentations considered the five key criteria of Safety, Integrity, Fans, Financial and Legacy, with Optus Stadium ultimately being chosen based on the combination of criteria and its ability to accommodate the largest number of spectators.
AFL chief executive officer Gillon McLachlan said plans for the Grand Final to be held at the MCG will continue, but that there is now clarity on a contingency in place, should it be required.
“The Western Australian Government and Premier Mark McGowan have provided the AFL with a great backup plan, with Optus Stadium giving fans a great opportunity to attend if the match needs to move,” McLachlan said.
“The support of all State Governments and health officials throughout the season has allowed the game to continue throughout some really challenging circumstances, and the AFL team will continue to work with the WA Government on the contingency plans.”
Adelaide Oval remains as a strong backup and the Queensland Government, which did not provide a formal presentation, has also offered their support if required after hosting the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final, and most of the competition last year.