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No night grand final for AFL in 2020

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17th February, 2020

The AFL grand final will maintain its traditional afternoon timeslot in 2020.

There has been ongoing speculation the league could eventually move the game to a twilight or night slot, for broadcast and entertainment reasons.

But on Monday, the AFL commission confirmed this year’s decider – to be held on Saturday 26 September – would maintain its 2.30pm start time, as recommended by chief executive Gillon McLachlan.

“The commission ratified the recommendation from AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan for the start time for the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final to remain in the day timeslot,” the AFL said in a statement.

AFL commission chairman Richard Goyder has previously expressed his support for a twilight grand final.

“The Toyota AFL Grand Final is the biggest event in the Australian sporting calendar, consistently attracting more than 100,000 fans to the MCG for the last Saturday in September,” he said in a statement.

“Our grand final showcases the best parts of our game, both on and off the field, and we look forward to another outstanding AFL season ahead of us.

“We will continue to ensure the event remains the benchmark for Australian sport.”