Tradition wins: AFL grand final to remain an afternoon affair

This year’s AFL grand final will be played in the afternoon as it returns to the MCG, with the league bowing to fan sentiment and sticking with a 2.30pm start time on Saturday September 24.

The AFL commission told clubs of the decision on Friday morning, reverting to tradition after COVID-19 forced the grand final to be played interstate and in a night timeslot on the east coast in the past two seasons.

The match will return to the MCG in 2022 and back to its original timeslot.

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