For the first time in the history of the game, the Grand Final of the AFL will be hosted outside the great state of Victoria. The game is set to kick off at 7.30pm on Saturday Night at the Brisbane Cricket Ground, more commonly known as the Gabba.
Only once in the past 75 years has a VFL/AFL grand final been held anywhere but the MCG. In 1991 the MCG was undergoing an upgrade and the final was the game moved to nearby Waverley Park.
The MCG is contracted to host the final until 2057 but this year, because of COVID-19 concerns , the game has been forced out of the state much to the dismay of football crazy Victorians. The Richmond Football Club will take on the Geelong Cats in what might be one of the most memorable games in the sports history.
The only thing standing in the way of crowning a champion is the weather. Fierce storms are predicted to lash South East Queensland on the weekend. The AFL has a clear policy in place should a game not be able to commence or continue for “events beyond the control of clubs” — such as lightning. If there is extreme weather the game can be delayed until as such time as it is safe to play.
It’s not unheard of for games to either be delayed or cancelled due to extreme weather events, especially in Queensland. In 2016, Brisbane’s match against the Saints was also cancelled when over 200mm of rain in less than 24 hours was swamped the ground turning the pitch into a swimming pool.