The AFL grand final will be played at the Gabba in Brisbane on October 24, marking the first time the trophy decider has been played outside Melbourne.

Key points:

  • The coronavirus pandemic forced the AFL to move the decider outside Melbourne for the first time in more than 120 years
  • Perth, Adelaide and Sydney had also made pitches for the right to host one of the biggest games on the national sporting calendar
  • Queensland has played host to much of the 2020 season, with teams set up in hubs throughout the state

The grand final has only been played away from the MCG once since 1945, with Melbourne’s Waverley Park hosting the 1991 grand final between Hawthorn and West Coast because of construction works at the ‘G.

The AFL was forced to make the change this year because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in Victoria.

AFL executives had also considered pitches from Perth, Adelaide and Sydney.

The AFL premiership cup was flown to Queensland on Tuesday ahead of today’s announcement.

Much of the 2020 AFL season has been played in Queensland, with hubs set up across the state allowing teams to stay and play against each other.

Teams from Western Australia and South Australia were the first to hub in Queensland after the season’s restart in June, but further outbreaks in Victoria and NSW forced clubs from those states to head north mid-season.

Multiple games each round have been played at the Gabba and at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, but exemptions from the Queensland Government have allowed teams to travel in and out of the state as well.

More to come.

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