The AFL Grand Final is one of the largest and most important annual events on the Australian sporting landscape. The AFL Grand Final is hosted at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and is historically staged on the last Saturday in September: AFL Draw 2013
Defender Brian Lake was awarded the Norm Smith Medal for best on ground in the AFL Grand Final, and the Hawks were led by Jack Gunston’s four goals and Grant Birchall’s 26 disposals.
As one of Australia’s largest sporting events, the AFL Grand Final has been a ‘sell-out’ for over two decades, and is well known 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, when Carlton defeated Collingwood in what is acknowledged as one of the greatest AFL Grand Finals of all times. 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.