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AFL grand final to be played in Queensland for first time

Sep 02, 2020

Sydney (Australia), September 2: The Australian Football League (AFL) confirmed on Wednesday this year's AFL grand final will be played in the state of Queensland, as the premiership decider leaves Victoria for the first time.
The match is set to be held at the Brisbane Cricket Ground, commonly known as the Gabba, on October 24, with at least 30,000 fans expected to attend the game.
The COVID-19 outbreak forced the AFL to move the grand final outside Victoria for the first time in more than 120 years.
"The COVID pandemic has meant we have had to take the game outside of Melbourne for this year," AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said.
He said Queensland had supported the AFL at a time when it needed it most, as much of the 2020 AFL season had been played in Queensland after the second wave of infections hit Victoria.
"This has been a season like no other and I want to thank the Queensland community and the Queensland Government for their support and for wholeheartedly welcoming our game to the state."
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the AFL's decision, saying the state is honored and ready.
"I want to thank the AFL, and especially the game's fans in Victoria, for trusting Queensland with their most important event," she said.
"This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so we are determined to give everyone a grand final they'll never forget."
Source: Xinhua News Agency