grand finals are going to be night from now on

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Premiership Player
Jul 1, 2014
Adelaide, Australia
AFL Club
Port Adelaide
Other Teams
Lakers, Ducks, Yankees
The concept of the night grand final to me is somewhat reflective to the NFL's attitude to the Los Angeles market between 2007 and 2016.

Everyone knew if the NFL were to maximise the $ coming in, they'd need to put a team or teams in the LA market and make it a feature of the league. There was however a lot of push back from various people who believed the LA market should have been used as an empty threat to get the necessary stadia built in the existing markets.

Bottom line is that it had the potential financially to be the NFL's white wale.

The AFL Grand Final isn't necessarily going to be a bigger spectacle at night. It only makes sense to make it a permanent night fixture if the relative television network forks up the big bucks for it. Use it as an opportunity to get every club financially stable during a time where things couldn't have been more uncertain due to Covid.

Alas, the TV rights deal doesn't finish until 2024, so it could throw a spanner in the works. It's without question though that the AFL needs to take full financial advantage if they are going to make what some may see as a drastic change.

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Senior List
Mar 9, 2019
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Too bloody right. I sat with a mate and the dear wife and tried to keep a lid on it. Lit a fire in the backyard and pretended that I was having fun. To bad about the BBQ that starts at noon. To bad about the beers and the laughs and the generally great day with a yard full of dogs and kids and adults shouting at the TV. Nah, it's all about the bells and whistles and the TV ratings. The most hollow GF I can remember, and I'm a Tiger.

Great post. Really rang true, with me.

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Norm Smith Medallist
Feb 5, 2010
Behind sunglasses
AFL Club
Other Teams
Tottenham Hotspur, Australia
Surprised by the backlash, I thought it was a decent spectacle. It’s also hard to judge the merits of it given the circumstances and abnormality of this year. It was always going to be bland in Melbourne with no build up, nothing open, and no gatherings allowed.

The main issue is that it’s too late for the traditional post-match activities.

I’d prefer the traditional time if given the choice, but I’m not sure we’d lose that much by moving it to twilight.


Brownlow Medallist
Feb 23, 2009
AFL Club
Other Teams
New York Jets
Wait until next year when the police complain because 60k of the grand final crowd turn up to the game smashed, fights break out, some get kicked out and some can’t even get in. It won’t be pretty having a night GF in Melbourne. People will still start drinking at 10am and it will end up a nightmare for the AFL.
Not to mention every pub/bar/casino in metro Melbourne packed with people absolutely sloshed by gametime because they've been in their since 11am.

The GF at night makes it less of a family event, it loses a bit of the magic for mine. I'm not even a family man, but the classic mates around the BBQ on a sunny Saturday afternoon has always been the way. Then it leaves plenty of time after for each to their own, whether that be kicking on or leaving.


Club Legend
Feb 1, 2006
AFL Club
Probably also worth noting that a Public Holiday on the Friday for a game on the Saturday night which most kids wouldn't see the finish is even more ridiculous than it may already be.

If it's a Saturday night, it's localised entertainment. If it's Saturday afternoon, it's a state-wide event. Probably doesn't make a lot of sense, but that's how I see it.

Arvo GF is lunch-GF-dinner, a whole day thing. A night GF is do whatever you like with your day, have an early dinner, put the kids to bed then watch the footy.

I missed both the start (putting the kids to bed) and the finish (Mrs was asleep around 3/4 time so went to bed after the siren). No chance of a babysitter GF night, so can't see it being any other way, COVID or not, really.


Norm Smith Medallist
Aug 16, 2009
AFL Club
The game is so skillful and entertaining day or night would be just as good
It's not just about the game, it's about the whole day. We get a public holiday so everyone can get prepared. Friends, family day, not just a game of football. Tradition is still important even in 2021.

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