AFL’s Gabba Grand Final to be played in front of 30,000 fans
The 2020 AFL Grand Final between Richmond and Geelong will be played in front of 30,000 fans at the Gabba in Brisbane.
AFL Chief Executive, Gillon McLachlan confirmed the capacity yesterday morning, saying the league had taken advice from the Queensland Government on what the venue could safely hold.
Advising that the AFL had done some "gentle pushing" to get closer to the ground's capacity of 38,000, McLachlan told AFL.com.au "as we've done all year, we respected the advice and decision of the Chief Health Officer and the government."
Geelong's preliminary final win over Brisbane on Saturday night was played in front of 29,121 fans.
McLachlan said a silver lining from the COVID-affected season was that Australian football was now "in the conversation" with rugby league as the top football code in Queensland, addding "there's a record number of junior teams in Queensland.
"Ratings are up 35% and I'm really hopeful that will translate to growth at the community level. We're going to invest even more financially in Queensland.
"The ratings were unbelievable over the weekend. We're now the number one watched code, even in Queensland.
"The momentum is incredible. Right now, it feels like we're pretty close to being Queensland's game."
Image: The AFL's Premiership Cup on display at the Gabba.
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