AFL Grand Final
Melbourne boasts some of the most superb sporting facilities and venues in the world, all within six kilometres of the city. Amongst them is the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). On the 27th September this year, the AFL Grand Final will be staged in Melbourne - as it is every year. The Grand Final draws people from all over the country to this impressive city, to support their team and have a chance of seeing rare premiership glory. If you are lucky enough to get a ticket, for any sports enthusiast, this could be a trip into Australian sporting history.
On the day of the AFL Grand Final, there will be a capacity crowd of about 100,000 people at the MCG. The atmosphere in the city, not only inside the stadium on the big day, but in the build-up to the event is a never to be forgotten experience. What it does mean, is that if you intend visiting the city at that particular time, make sure you book holiday accommodation early for AFL grand final week.
AFL Football is Unique
Australian Rules Football is a game that is unique and therefore, booking accommodation for the AFL Grand Final is an event that takes you into the heart of Australian sport. This rough, tough and multi-skilled game started its life in Melbourne in 1858. The influences of Rugby, traditional football and Gaelic football have all added their particular skills. The oldest available set of rules were drawn up in May 1859, the same year as the formation of the Melbourne Football Club.
AFL Grand Final week makes you a part of the action at Federation Square and a week of excitement leading up to the game on the 27th September at the MCG. On Sunday 21st, you can get a taste of what is to come with the Victorian Football League grand final at Etihad Stadium. This is followed the next day, with the Brownlow Medal count and fashion parade, including appearances by the players & their spouses.
Grand Final Countdown
For the kids on the Tuesday, make sure you leave your accommodation with enough time for the 10 am “Auskick '' at Federation Square, where they can have fun with a variety of activities. At the same time, they can meet the stars and players of the NAB AFL Rising Star program.
This action continues with various forms of entertainment to please everyone, with Friday simmering in Melbourne, waiting for the 2014 AFL Grand Final the next day. Kick off is at 2.30pm and for those without tickets, they can still experience the atmosphere of the occasion on a big screen in Federation Square. In the evening, is the presentation of the cup and the winding down of a great day full of memories!