Sport AFL Grand Final to remain at MCG

04:26  13 april  2018
04:26  13 april  2018 Source:   Wide World of Sports

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Without access to AFL Grand Final tickets many Clubs would be unable to remain financially viable. fans: · the members of the competing clubs · AFL clubs · AFL members · In addition, because the AFL Grand Final is played at the MCG , Melbourne.

The 2017 AFL grand final will remain a 2:30pm day game at the MCG , after the league resisted calls for a twilight start time. Photograph: Michael Dodge/ AFL Media/Getty Images.

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The deal will see an upgrade in the MCG’s Great Southern Stand, ensuring the capacity of the MCG to remain over 100,000 as one of the largest stadiums in the world.

Speaking on the AFL Footy Show, Eddie McGuire underlined the impact of the new deal on Melbourne’s sporting landscape.

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There will be no twilight AFL grand final until at least 2018 after the league accepted a recommendation to keep the biggest game of the season in its traditional afternoon time slot this But bouncedown at the MCG on the last Saturday in September will be at 2.30pm – or 12.30pm WA time.

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“It’s going to be great for soccer because they’re going to fix up the rectangular area of it, and a major events hub for the AFL where they’ll be able to make a lot of money going forward.”

Eddie McGuire.© AAP Image/Stefan Postles Eddie McGuire. Under the new deal, there will be $225 million invested in the redevelopment of Etihad Stadium and the surrounding precinct.

According to McGuire, who is widely thought of as one of the big drivers in getting a deal done along with AFL CEO Gillon McLaughlin and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, the deal was made out of fear of losing a marquee event.

“It sprung from an idea when we talked about getting new stadiums and how we could get Melbourne to really go, because I had an overwhelming fear that the grand final was going to leave Victoria,” he said.

The news will be music to the ears of struggling Victorian clubs, who are set to benefit as a result of extra revenue.

“There’s going to probably be a couple million dollars a year extra in the pocket for each of the Victorian clubs to be able to survive and prosper going forward,” McGuire said.

The sports package is also set to include approximately an additional $250 million to fund grassroots and women’s football, including a $40 million upgrade of IKON Park in Carlton, resulting in the venue being locked in as the Victorian home of women’s football.

Other grounds expected to be the beneficiaries of the new deal include Casey Fields and Footscray’s famous Whitten Oval.

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