Nothing is certain in this year’s AFL season, to the point that even the incumbency of the MCG as host of the Grand Final is now being questioned.
With Victoria now in the midst of a second wave of COVID-19 cases, questions are being asked about the suitability of Melbourne as host of the big dance.
The spike in cases has given both South Australia’s and Western Australia’s chances of playing host to the Grand Final a boost.
While the situation over the border has led to a tightening of restrictions for Victorians, South Australians are beginning to enjoy lifting restrictions across the state.
Under the latest round of eased restrictions, it was announced that Adelaide Oval will now be able to welcome crowds of up to 27,000 from this Monday.
While the figure is around half of the capacity of the venue, it is expected that this figure will be lifted further before the end of the AFL season.
Adelaide Oval’s Stadium Management Authority told 7News that it would welcome the chance to host a Grand Final if given the chance.
“If we ever had the opportunity, it would be wonderful,” the SMA’s Chairperson Kevin Scarce told 7News.
Meanwhile, Perth’s Optus Stadium has also been touted as a potential venue for the big game, with its capacity having been raised to 30,000 under current restrictions.