AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has confirmed Brisbane will host this year’s Grand Final.
Reports in the lead-up to today’s announcement suggested The Gabba would win the race to hold the biggest game of 2020 and McLachlan made it official.
With COVID-19 affecting Victoria more than any other state, the Big Dance needed to be taken away from Melbourne for the first time in history.
The decision will be music to the ears of Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who in recent times has been talking tough about why the Sunshine State deserved to be picked by the AFL to host the Grand Final on Saturday October 24.
“If we are doing the heavy lifting we would like to be considered for a grand final — I think that’s only fair,” Palaszczuk told ABC News Breakfast in June.
“Queensland should have the first opportunity, so fingers crossed.”
Palaszczuk’s wish was granted after Queensland opened its doors to the league this year, setting teams up in quarantine hubs to allow the season to continue.
The AFL’s decision was a blow to Western Australia, NSW and South Australia — who all threw their hats in the ring to host the decider.
WA Premier Mark McGowan had been bullish about why footy biggest occasion should travel to Perth but his calls went unanswered.
“If they want to go to the healthiest, safest place and they want to comply with the quarantine requirements, then Perth is the obvious solution,” McGowan said recently.
More to come …
Originally published as AFL announces huge Grand Final call