The AFL Grand Final is one of the largest and most important annual events on the Australian sporting landscape. Historically, the AFL Grand Final is hosted at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on the last Saturday in September: AFL Draw 2013
In 2012, the AFL Grand Final will be, held on Saturday September 29, 2012, starting at 2.40pm (AEST) from the MCG and will be broadcast on Channel Seven.
The 2012 AFL Grand Final winner will be presented with the AFL Premiership Cup, and will also receive the AFL Flag, to be unfurled at the winning team’s first home game the following season.
As one of Australia’s largest sporting events, the AFL Grand Final has been a ‘sell-out’ for over two decades, and is notorious as one of the most difficult events to obtain tickets, with only a small number of tickets available to the general public. The largest-ever crowd at an VFL/AFL Grand Final was 121,696 in 1970. The AFL Grand Final regularly draws television attendances in excess of 2.5 million viewers.
Currently, both Carlton and Essendon hold the record for the highest number of VFL/AFL Premierships, at 16 apiece.
In 2011, Collingwood finished as Minor Premiers after finishing atop of the home and away ladder after 24 rounds before beating West Coast Eagles and Hawthorn in the AFL Finals to progress to the AFL Grand Final. Geelong finished second, and beat Hawthorn and West Coast Eagles to progress.
AFL Grand Final 2011: Collingwood vs Geelong