As the tournament draws near, the AFL has announced it will be re-opening its home games on Thursday night, starting with the finals between the Essendon Bombers and Geelong Cats.
The game will kick off at 7:30pm (AEDT), but the final will be held in the ANZ Stadium at 9pm.
The AFL has released a guide for the finals.
It’s time to get down to business, and the AFL is giving the AFL the green light to stage a pre-game party to kick off the match.
The guide will be released later today, and you can find it here on the AFL website.
It’s a long-awaited step for the AFL, which has struggled to attract crowds of fans since the AFL announced it would be holding a pregame party at its headquarters at the MCG.AFL boss Dave Smith has admitted the AFL was not getting the crowds the way it wanted.
But, he says the AFL’s “biggest challenge” has been getting fans to watch their teams.
“The big challenge is the game itself, and getting the game-day experience right,” he said.
What we really want to do is to give our fans a great game.””
We’re really happy to see that we’ve come this far.”
What we really want to do is to give our fans a great game.
“The AFL’s chief executive Gillon McLachlan says the pre-match party will be the AFL taking a “new approach to fan engagement”.”
We’ll be looking at ways to engage fans who want to watch AFL matches, who want a great match experience,” he told the ABC’s 7.30.
The AFL will also be putting a special focus on the 2017 Grand Final, which is set to be played in Melbourne on February 15.
Premier Daniel Andrews has said the AFL would be “very happy” if fans did not skip the game because of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, he said the premiership was not an option because of a coronaviolosis scare.
He also said the Grand Final would be played at the end of the season.
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