Major AFL grand final win for Queensland fans
For the first time in over 20 years the general public will have the chance to snap up tickets to the AFL grand final, in a major win for Queensland sporting fans.
Several thousand tickets will go on sale on Tuesday morning for the historic premiership decider at the Gabba on Saturday night.
It is almost an unprecedented move for the general public to have the chance to buy tickets to the AFL grand final, with seats at the MCG usually taken up by members, corporates, hospitality and club allocations.
Members of the two grand final teams - Geelong and Richmond - had their opportunity to secure seats on Monday, with almost 10,000 tickets going to the clubs' loyal fans.
But this move from the AFL is a huge win for sporting fans in Queensland and also opens the door for supporters in South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia to make a last-minute trip to the Sunshine State for the blockbuster showdown.
AFL CEO Gil McLachlan confirmed on Monday that the Gabba would adhere to a 30,000-capacity crowd, in line with Queensland's current COVID-19 restrictions.
This means nearly one-third of available tickets will go to the general public, despite an earlier push to lift the cap of 30,000 given Queensland's continued success with limited coronavirus cases.
However, despite the capacity, McLachlan is predicting an "electric" grand final spirit on Saturday, similar to the one he experienced during Geelong's preliminary final victory over the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba on the weekend.
"The atmosphere at the Gabba on Saturday night was electric," he said.
"It felt full. It'll be an unbelievable grand final atmosphere and we're very pleased to be here.
"We've had the right conversations, we've done a bit of gentle pushing (with Queensland health officials) but we are here because we've respected the decision of the Health Officer and the government and they're pretty clear they're comfortable with 30,000."
McLachlan announced last month a price freeze on tickets from last year's grand final, with prices to start at $185 for general public access.
In previous years when grand finals have been held at the MCG, up to 36,000 tickets have gone to club members.
This year's premiership match has just over 20,000 seats dedicated to club members, corporates and hospitality.
The general public tickets will go on sale at 9am AEST on Tuesday through the Ticketmaster website.
Originally published as Major AFL grand final win for Queensland fans