The AFL Grand Final is one of the biggest annual events on Australia’s sporting calendar. Each year, thousands upon thousands of fans descend on Melbourne to witness two teams slug it out for the Premiership Cup and Flag, and that’s not even to mention the millions watching at home or in bars up and down the country.
Indeed, some 2.64 million people tuned in to watch Hawthorn crush the West Coast Eagles 107-61 in 2015 (not a scoreline that our proud Western Australian proprietor, George Michalczyk, was happy to see!), making it one of the most watched television events last year.
The MCG is the one for me
Nothing, though, can compare to actually being in the cavernous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) itself. With room for just shy of 100,000 roaring spectators, the atmosphere experienced when attending a Grand Final in person is one that is unrivalled anywhere else in the world.
The atmosphere experienced when attending a Grand Final in person is one that is unrivalled anywhere else in the world.
Even if your team haven’t quite managed to fight its way through the league and then the knockout stages on the treacherous path to Melbourne, drinking in the action as the two best teams in the country clash is one that any self-respecting footy fan would enjoy.
At Motive Travel, we’ve been organising tours to the AFL’s showpiece event for several years. As a former professional and self-confessed fanatic of the game, George has actually attended the last 40 of them. That’s some feat, and there’s nothing more that George enjoys than taking a legion of Motive customers to watch the Grand Final first-hand.
Packages from Perth
With this in mind, we at Motive Travel have been busy behind the scenes putting together our packages ready for the 2016 event. Take a look at the flyer we’ve produced that details each of the flight and accommodation options. Flying with Qantas, we’ll be leaving Perth on three separate flights on Thursday, September 29, with one extra leaving on Friday morning. Two flights will be returning from Melbourne on Sunday, October 2, with a final one landing in Western Australia on the afternoon of Monday, October 3.
There are also two hotels to choose from. The Mercure Welcome is the more wallet-friendly of the two, and is just a short distance from the MCG itself. It’s a modern, comfortable place, offering all the handy amenities that you’ll need for your stay.
If you’re feeling a little more flush, you could opt to stay at the Rydges on Exhibition Street. This stylish, chic place is found directly in Melbourne’s theatre district, so you could even catch a show once the footy is over.
It’s important to remember that tickets to the Grand Final itself can only be bought through the AFL event office or a licensed seller, but we can help put you in touch with such people. We look forward to seeing you in September for the game!