The Grand Final for the Australian Football League (AFL) is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, sporting event in Australia each year. One hundred thousand football fanatics converge on the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the last Saturday in September to see the two best teams in the AFL slog it out for the premiership cup.
Since 1902, the MCG has been the home of the Grand Final. The only exceptions to this have been during World War Two when the MCG was used to house troops, and 1991 when the MCG's Great Southern Stand was under redevelopment.
With the COVID crazy year we are having, the tradition will once again be ignored, when the Grand Final this year will be a night game at the Gabba in Brisbane. With the high number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria, the AFL had no other option than to move the Grand Final to another venue.
The Brisbane Cricket Ground, commonly known as the Gabba, is located in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland. Its name is derived from the suburb where it is located, Woolloongabba. Though the playing surface is the safe size as the MCG, the Gabba will only hold forty thousand AFL fans.
For this year a tradition will be broken, a night Grand Final at a venue that is not the MCG. Let's hope this nasty virus goes away and the Grand Final next year returns to its rightful home.