AFL announces Grand Final parade will return to its traditional street setting, but with a new starting position at Melbourne Park Oval and high-tech 360-degree stage

AFL announces Grand Final parade will return to its traditional street setting, but with a new starting position at Melbourne Park Oval and high-tech 360-degree stage
  • PublishedSeptember 21, 2023

The AFL has announced its Grand Final parade will return to its traditional street route, but with a brand new itinerary and fan zone to bring fans closer to their favourite stars.

The parade moved to the Yarra River last year, with players ferried along in boats – but fans complained their footy heroes were too far away and that the event lacked atmosphere.

The AFL confirmed on Thursday that the 2023 parade would return to the streets of Melbourne, with players sitting in the back of utes.

“The boats had some great elements, but ultimately, we wanted to bring the fans and players closer together and the new route, back in the iconic Toyota HiLux vehicles will deliver on this,” the league’s customer and commercial general manager Kylie Rodgers said.

“Our goal is to deliver a better viewing and overall event experience for fans, families, and passers-by who are out and about enjoying the Grand Final public holiday.

“The extra live site at Melbourne Park Oval allows another 10,000 -15,000 fans greater access to take part in the parade.”

A brand new starting position at Melbourne Park Oval will kick off the parade, before it follows the banks of the river down to Birrarung Marr, over the walk bridge and into the MCG Yarra Park Precinct, finishing at the AFL’s free Footy Festival.

The parade will be broadcast exclusively on Fox Footy kicking off at 10.30am on Friday September 29.

At the centre of Melbourne Park Oval a unique cube screen and 360-degree stage will give spectators a clear view of the players from all angles.

The AFL's Grand Final parade has returned to the streets this year after briefly attempting to hold the event on the Yarra River. Picture: Supplied

The AFL’s Grand Final parade has returned to the streets this year after briefly attempting to hold the event on the Yarra River. Picture: Supplied

Melbourne Park Oval will be the second live site, in addition to the traditional Yarra Park Footy Festival.

Yarra Park will host the 2023 AFL Footy Festival in the four days leading up to the Grand Final.

The venue will be free to enter, and feature player appearances, giveaways, musical acts as well

The AFL Grand Final parade on the Yarra River last year. Picture: NCA NewsWire/David Crosling

The AFL Grand Final parade on the Yarra River last year. Picture: NCA NewsWire/David Crosling

as food trucks and bars.

The 2023 AFL Footy Festival will be open from 9.30am-5pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 8am- 7pm on Saturday for the Grand Final.

The AFL Finals continue this weekend with Greater Western Sydney playing Collingwood at the MCG at 7.50pm on Friday, before the Brisbane Lions host Carlton at the Gabba on Saturday at 5.15pm.

Each winner will progress to the Grand Final, with Brisbane and Collingwood both starting as the favourites in their respective preliminary finals.

SOURCE: SKYNEWS

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