AFL Grand Final parade ditched for smaller ticketed event

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This year’s AFL Grand Final parade through Melbourne has been cancelled and will be replaced with a much smaller event that can be managed under Covid safe restrictions.

Th 2021 premiership cup will now be presented to an allocated number of fans inside Marvel Stadium on the Friday before the game on September 25.

Rather than parade through the streets, the premiership cup, players and coaches will circle the oval in front of the ticketed fans.

While no numbers have been given for the number of fans as yet, it is believed that 20,000 could potentially be able to attend the event inside the stadium.

“As we continue to manage the Covid pandemic, we are yet to lock in what it all looks like and where it will be located,” an AFL spokesman told The Herald Sun.

“And we will continue to work closely with the state government on the appropriate health advice, ensuring the health and safety of the community continues to be the priority.”

Victoria is keen to deliver as a big a final as it can after seeing it snatched by Brisbane last year.

There are hopes up to 100,000 fans could be allowed into the stadium under a proposal championed by Eddie McGuire that would require fans to get two Covid tests before being allowed in.