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AFL Grand Final

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Just like the many other sporting events, the Grand Final has become an essential part of Australian culture. So much so that the Friday before Grand Final Day has been declared a public holiday in Victoria.

AFL Grand Final 2017 Tickets, Dates, Times, Parade & Entertainment

Every year, this sporting event draws footy fans from across the nation to Melbourne to watch the Grand Final live at the MCG. For those who are unable to attend the game, the match is shown live on Channel 7.

The AFL Grand Final is not just a huge sporting event, the half-time entertainment is also a huge part of the day. Many local and international musical stars perform here, making the AFL Grand Final one of the most watched TV events of the year.

In 2017, there will be a number of events held in and around Melbourne leading up to the AFL Grand Final:

  • Brownlow Medal
    Held at the Crown Entertainment Centre. The red carpet presentation starts from 5pm and the live medal count commences at 7pm.
  • Toyota AFL Live Site
    Bring your family to the FREE entertainment held in Yarra Park where you will find heaps of entertainment, competitions, displays and giveaways.
  • AFL Grand Final Footy Show
  • AFL Grand Final Parade
    The Friday before Grand Final Day has been declared a public holiday. So come and watch the two teams competing in this year’s Grand Final. The parade starts outside the Old Treasury Building on Spring Street, travels south along Spring Street, turns left into Wellington Parade, turns right into Wellington Parade south and enters Gate 3, Yarra Park. It will then continue through Yarra Park to the Toyota AFL Grand Final Live Site.
  • Grand Final Eve Dinner
  • Grand Final Breakfast
    Held at Plenary Hall at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and hosted by Tony Jones and a panel of experts.

  • Pre Game Show
    Headlined by Australian or International acts
  • Premiership Party
    A post-match celebration held at the MCG where gates 4, 5 & 6 are open to the public from 6pm. Come and see some great entertainment as well as the premiership team.

Tickets to the game will sell out quickly, so if you’re interesting in attending the AFL Grand Final, make sure to get in early to avoid disappointment. If you can’t get tickets to the game, head down to the AFL Live Site at Yarra Park to watch the game live!

Get to the MCG and Yarra Park for free on public transport as the Free Tram Zone will be extended to include tram stops close to Yarra Park. This means customers travelling by tram from within the Free Tram Zone in the CBD, won’t need to touch on their myki to get to the MCG and Yarra Park.

Melbourne Cricket Ground
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Richmond, VIC

TBA - October 2017

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Ticket Prices / Admission
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  • Hello, we have a punters club that has 19 members who are coming down to the 2017 AFL Grand Final. Can you please advise who I need to speak with to secure 19 tickets? We are also looking at accommodation for the Friday and Saturday night in Melbourne.

    • Hi Paul,

      Unfortunately it has become very difficult for the general public to get a hold of Grand Final tickets anymore. If you are a member of the competing AFL club, you can get tickets through your club, but only when the team makes it to the final.

      In 2016 there were no tickets on sale for non-competing club members (or general admission). I expect much the same for 2017. This means that the general public can only obtain tickets to the Grand Final by purchasing one of the expensive Grand Final packages. These can be purchased from the AFL site and will probably go on sale in around August 2017. Packages start from a whopping $1600 per person.

      There are still heaps of ways to enjoy the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne. In 2016, there was a parade on the Friday before, there were live sites in Yarra Park (MCG carpark) where you could watch the game live on a big screen, pubs and restaurants played the game live, and the MCG opened its gates after the game for a concert.

      I would recommend booking your own accommodation if you intend to come down, as you will likely be able to have your members share some rooms which will massively cut down on costs. You don’t mention your budget or the location you wish to stay in, but I assume the CBD/Richmond area, so you can be close to all the AFL action and events. Here are a few suggestions.

      1. Causeway 353 Hotel – Collins Street Melbourne – Triple & Double Rooms available. Approx $153pp/per night.
      2. Treasury on Collins – Collins Street Melbourne – Apartment style Triple & Double Rooms available. Approx $114pp/per night.
      3. Aura on Flinders Serviced Apartments – Flinders Street Melbourne – Twin Beds Available. Approx $106pp/per night.
      4. Mantra on the Park – Exhibition Street Melbourne – Triple & Double Rooms available. Approx $154pp/per night.
      5. Mantra on Little Bourke – Little Bourke Street Melbourne – Triple & Double Rooms Available. Approx $138pp/per night.

      Due to the size of your group, I would recommend booking early, as we did see a huge number of bookings flow through leading up to the final.

      You may wish to take advantage of Booking.com’s “Free Cancellation” option on some of these rooms. So you can book now and change the details later if you need to. Just be careful to check the individual booking details to make sure the room you choose has this option.

      I hope this is of assistance to you. Get in touch with any futher queries.

      Best regards,

    • Hi Chantelle,

      To get to the MCG, you will need to catch a train from Frankston and get off at Richmond Station. From here, just follow the crowds. There will be thousands of people flocking towards the MCG. You will simply walk across Brunton Avenue into Yarra Parklands and the MCG will be right there. It is a short 5 minute walk from the station (although the crowds will probably slow you down a bit!)

      Have a great time at the Grand Final!


    • Hi Tina,

      My advice would be to take advantage of the free public transport from the city to the MCG.

      The “free tram zone” usually reserved for the city centre will be extended from Wednesday the 28th of September to Grand Final Day on Saturday the 1st of October to include travel from the CBD out to the MCG. Services from the city to stops 9, 10 and 11 on Wellington Parade near the MCG will be free, as will services to stops 7a and 7b at Rod Laver Arena and stop 7c at MCG/Hisense Arena. Also, daily fares from the suburbs into the city will be capped at $6. So its really cheap to get in and out of the city.

      If you would prefer to drive, parking will be available at Yarra Park (the parklands surrounding the MCG) with gate 5 opening from 5am and gate 6 opening from 8am. Get in nice and early, as it will fill up by 9am I would think… Parking costs $10 per car (cash only).

      Or, you can park at Federation Square and walk down, or try the parking spots around the Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena.

      Hope this assists. Have a great Grand Final Day!!

    • Hi Lesley,

      WA is 2hrs behind VIC so the game should be televised from 12.30pm (WA time). First bounce will come after the entertainment which usually runs for about 30 minutes.

      Just also note that Daylight Savings kicks in from Sunday the 2nd of October, so don’t forget to push your clocks forward 1hr!


  • We are looking a buying 3 x AFL 2016 tickets as we will be in Melbourne over this period of the Grand Final. We are not members of any AFL club just really wanting to go and experience this great event. Our 13 year old son really wants to and I don’t know how to get any tickets.

    • Hi Neil,

      As you are not a member of any club, it is very expensive to secure tickets. There are no “general public” tickets available this year unless you purchase a “package“ and this is because all tickets have been allocated to clubs, sponsors, corporate and MCC members. If you are interested in a package, you can click the link here.

      If this is outside of your budget, I suggest finding a spot at one of the many locations around Melbourne which hosts a live view of the game.
      You can head to any pub with a large screen who will view the game live, such as the Woolshed Pub down at Docklands, any of the bars along Southbank or at the Toyota AFL Live Site at Yarra Park (right near the MCG).

      There are heaps of things on in the city, so if you can’t get a ticket, there are still heaps of ways to get involved. Head to the parade on Friday if you are in town or go into the MCG after the game for the Premiership Party (from 6pm) where the winning team will appear and celebrate with a large crowd.

      Best regards,

    • Hi Rich,

      We are not selling tickets as yet, hence we have linked to accommodation for the time being. Check back with us in a month or so, we will update the link once tickets are released. I understand some grand final packages are available for sale through the official AFL website.


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