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 2018 Tickets, Dates, Times, Parade & Entertainment
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.
Each year, there are a number of events held in and around Melbourne leading up to the AFL Grand Final:
- Brownlow Medal: Monday 24 September 2018. 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: 26-29 September 2018. 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: Thursday 27 September 2018 at Rod Laver Arena. Televised from 7.30pm.
- AFL Grand Final Parade: Friday 28 September 2018 at noon. 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 Breakfast: Saturday 29 September 2018 from 8am. Held at Plenary Hall at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and hosted by a panel of experts.
- Pre Game Show: Black Eyed Peas and Jimmy Barnes
- Premiership Party: A post-match celebration held at the MCG with access via the lawn opposite gate 2 from 6:45pm. 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.