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WAFL GF returns to Optus Stadium



The 2021 WAFL Grand Final return to the new home of Western Australian football, with Optus Stadium set to host the all 3 deciders on Sunday 19th September.


After the 2020 Grand Final was played at Fremantle Oval due to the financial effects of COVID-19 in the shortened season, Optus will host this year's showpiece event having hosted two previous WAFL Grand Finals in 2018 and 2019.


The WA Football Commission confirmed the decision on Thursday afternoon after weeks of speculation, with league, reserves and colts to all be played at the venue.


The WAFC also announced that entry would be free to kids under the age of 16, hoping to encourage families to attend the biggest day on the WA football calendar.


A bidding process took place to determine the host of the event, with Optus, Fremantle Oval and Arena Joondalup all considered before WA's newest sporting venue was given the nod.


WAFC CEO Michael Roberts said the decision was in the best interest of WA football fans.


“Having this iconic WA sporting event played inside one of the world’s best stadiums will ensure a fantastic and memorable experience for WAFL players and fans,” Roberts said.


“Not only will spectators have the opportunity to see three exciting games of football, they will also experience a family-friendly environment that will make for a great day out with the whole family, with kids able to attend free of charge.”


“The WAFL Grand Final is one of the biggest events on the WA Football calendar and we expect to deliver an outstanding match-day for all football clubs, volunteers and stakeholders across the state."


“We want to create a celebration of WA Football and showcase some of the best players in the state on the biggest stage.”


“We look forward to working together to announce all the details of the event as they are finalised.”


More information is likely to be released in the coming weeks.


IMAGE: Optus Stadium.