AFL Grand Final Venues

The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is synonymous with the AFL Grand Final, but you will be surprised to know that there are many instances where the final has been played elsewhere, for various reasons. For example, during WWII, the MCG was being used to house soldiers so was not available for football matches. In 2020 many sporting events around the world were thrown into upheaval, and the AFL was no different. The 2020 AFL Grand Final was played at the Gabba in Brisbane, for the first time outside of Victoria and in another first it was played at night. The 2021 Grand Final will be played in Perth.



Year Grand Final Venue
1897 the first year of the VFL competition, and there wasn't a grand final
1898, 1899 Junction Oval
1900 East Melbourne Cricket Ground
1901 Lake Oval in Albert Park
1902 to 1923 MCG
1924 there was no grand final (there was a round robin final series)
1925 to 1941 MCG
1942, 1943 Princes Park
1944 Junction Oval
1945 Princes Park
1946 to 1990 MCG
1991 Waverley Park
1992 -2019 MCG
2020 Gabba, Brisbane, QLD
2021 Perth Stadium (Optus Stadium), Perth, WA
2022+ MCG


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