AFL Grand Final Day

AFL Grand Final Day Quick Facts

2024 Date30 September 2024

AFL Grand Final Day

AFL Grand Final Day in 2024
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AFL Grand Final Day is an annual Australian sporting event that serves as the culmination of the Australian Football League (AFL) season. It is a highly-anticipated occasion in which the two top teams from the league face off in a thrilling game that determines the year's premiership winners. This widely-celebrated event not only showcases the best of Australian Rules Football but also offers opportunities for fans, friends, and families to come together and share their love for the country's most popular sport.

The AFL Grand Final Day traces its roots back to 1898 when the Victorian Football League (VFL), the predecessor to the AFL, had its first championship match. Over the years, the event has grown in popularity and significance, becoming the pinnacle of the AFL season and an essential cultural experience for Australians across the nation. It has fostered national pride and rivalries among teams and supporters alike, and has produced countless memorable moments in the history of Australian sport.

Observance of the AFL Grand Final Day varies across Australia, with many enthusiasts hosting parties and events to watch the game, often featuring lively discussions and friendly competition among friends, family members, and colleagues. The match itself is typically held on the last Saturday in September or the first Saturday in October, drawing a large live attendance at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) in Victoria, as well as captivating millions of viewers through television broadcasts, radio, and live streaming worldwide.

Date shown for 2024 is estimated as the official date has not been finalized.

Top facts about AFL Grand Final Day

  • The 2023 AFL Grand Finals will take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 30th.
  • In 2022, the Geelong Football Club won the AFL Grand Final against the Sydney Swans with a 81-point lead.
  • At the 2022 AFL Grand Final, Isaac Smith of Geelong received the Norm Smith Medal after being declared best on ground.
  • The highest attendance for an AFL Grand Final was recorded in 1970 when 121,696 spectators attended the match between Carlton and Collingwood.
  • The 2020 AFL Grand Final was the first to be held outside of Melbourne due to COVID-19 restrictions. The match took place at The Gabba in Brisbane, Queensland.

Top things to do for AFL Grand Final Day

  • Outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Yarra Park hosts a live site with big screens and entertainment for fans who couldn't get a ticket for the game.
  • Federation Square is a popular spot to watch the game on a big screen with fellow supporters if you're in Melbourne. It's also close to the city's lively bars and restaurants.
  • Check your local area for family-friendly events, such as community screenings of the game at parks or gatherings at local sports clubs.

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