For only the second time in three decades, the Australian Football League (AFL) has announced the 2021 grand final will not be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, but rather Perth’s Optus Stadium designed by Hassell COX HKS.
The change in location is due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in Victoria which has also forced the remaining finals series to be played in Western Australia.
With its‘fan-first’ design, Optus Stadium is up there with the most-loved Australian destinations for sport and entertainment.
The 60,000-seat colosseum gives every single fan an incredible view for every single event – from cricket and rugby to concerts and athletics. The venue’s seamless integration of audio-visual elements makes for an even more memorable experience – the ultimate grand final venue.
It’s world-class in every sense and has received multiple awards including the 2019 Prix Versailles – World Title – Sports. It is a reflection of the state’s proud sporting, cultural and Aboriginal heritage. Like a gleaming trophy, the bronze, anodised aluminium façade reflects the unique geology of Western Australia, while a lightweight fabric roof shelters 85 percent of the seats from the searing Perth sun.
The 2021 AFL Grand Final will be held on Saturday 25 September.