Sport AFL grand final tickets frenzy expected ahead of Perth Stadium clash amid warning for scalpers
AFL confirms twilight slot for grand final
Perth's Optus Stadium will host a twilight AFL grand final on September 25 in a timeslot designed to appease fans on Australia's east coast.The grand final, which was already confirmed for the 60,000-seat Optus Stadium, will begin at 5.15pm local time (7.15pm AEST).
As the last round of AFL grand final tickets go on sale today, consumers are being warned to watch out for unscrupulous scalpers.
There are 10,250 general public seats being made available for purchase online at 10:00am AWST, limited to four per person.
Rolling lockdowns in Victoria have forced the AFL to hold the final outside the state for the second time in history.
Two Victorian teams — the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons — are set to go head-to-head on WA soil on September 25, at the 60,000-seat Perth stadium.
AFL grand final kick-off time revealed as league confirms night decider
A Perth Stadium light show is expected to illuminate the 2021 AFL grand final, with the league opting to start the historic game at 7:15pm AEST to make the most of the conditions.Kicking off at 5:15pm locally, the match will start earlier than a regular season night game in Western Australia in order to accommodate younger viewers.
Hopes of more of those spots being allocated to the general public were dashed on Tuesday after the allocation of 12,000 seats to Western Bulldogs members.
The full 12,000 allocated to the Melbourne Demons were also fully exhausted.
Ticket re-sellers warned
Consumer Protection has warned that people re-selling grand final tickets may face prosecution under the state's new anti-scalping laws.
The laws came into effect last Friday and prevent individuals or the operators of re-selling and classified websites from selling tickets at more than 10 per cent mark-up.
A Consumer Protection spokesman said one website had already been warned and every suspected case would be investigated.
AFL to take cautious path in GF lead-up
The grand final parade has already been scrapped, and the AFL won't put on any other events they deem too risky in the lead-up to the 2021 premiership decider.Plans for a parade through the streets of Perth were canned earlier this week, with reports later emerging that the AFL was concerned about the potential of a terror threat.
Individuals can be fined $20,000 and companies up to $100,000.
Excitement builds in Perth for underdogs' championship
Dyed-in-the-wool Demons fan Michael Pinches camped out overnight with his friend at the MCG to secure tickets to the 1964 premiership at the age of 14.
His mother made him a hand-stitched sign in Demons' red and blue colours to wave the great Ron Barassi and his team on to victory — something he describes as the "highlight of his life, at the time".
His team hasn't won, and he hasn't been to another grand final since, until this year.
"That was a great game and Melbourne supporters until now, right across the country continue to think of 1964 as their last great premiership and have been dying to break the drought," Mr Pinches said.
After moving to Perth in 1987, Mr Pinches is one of a hardened group of "western" Demons supporters he hopes will show up in droves for the match.
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"There's a huge amount of enthusiasm among Melbourne supporters based over here and … I think it's even surprised the club that there are so many dedicated supporters based in Perth," Mr Pinches said.
"It's quite remarkable that we're in Western Australia and we should have the opportunity to possibly witness the next Melbourne premiership."
The match has been touted as a battle of the underdogs.
The Western Bulldogs, who hail from Melbourne's traditionally working class Footscray, took out the 2016 Premiership.
Before that they had not taken home a trophy since 1954.
City parade to feature past heroes
The AFL has announced there will be no official parade for the teams, citing concerns over COVID and a lack of time and people to prepare.
But the City of Perth yesterday declared it would instead hold a "people's parade".
Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said the city had pitched ideas including a motorcade or a "river parade" which would have seen the players transported on boats from South Perth into Elizabeth Quay, but both were shot down by the AFL.
Mr Zempilas said instead they would hold an event the day before the final which would see brass bands play the teams' theme songs and former AFL greats address fans.
Melbourne Demons take on Western Bulldogs in 2021 AFL grand final .
Melbourne Demons and Western Bulldogs AFL players have arrived at Optus Stadium for the biggest game of their lives ahead of a historic night for the code. The AFL grand final is being held in Perth for the first time due to the latest Covid-19 outbreak in Melbourne on a day Victoria recorded 847 new cases, its highest spike in daily infections.The Western Australian capital has been blanketed in a sea of blue, red and white ahead of the grand final showdown between minor premiers Melbourne Demons and Western Bulldogs, who go into the clash as underdogs.