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Ultimate Guide to the AFL Grand Final: Everything You Need to Know

Ultimate Guide to the AFL Grand Final: Everything You Need to Know

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AFL Grand Final 2023: The Ultimate Guide

Broadcast and Tickets

The highly anticipated 2023 AFL Grand Final is just around the corner, and fans are eagerly preparing for the big day. Here’s a comprehensive guide to all the essential information you need to know.

The pre-game coverage will begin at 9 am on the Seven Network with the Grand Final Brunch. The countdown to the main event, the Grand Final, will commence at 10:30 am. To catch all the action live, tune in to Channel Seven on free-to-air TV or download the 7plus app. Those who miss the live broadcast can watch the replay on Kayo Sports.

If you’re interested in attending the game, tickets can be purchased through the official channels. Visit the website provided to secure your spot at the 2023 AFL Grand Final.


The AFL Grand Final is not just about football; it’s a spectacle filled with exciting entertainment. This year, the iconic rock band KISS will take the stage to deliver an electrifying pre-game performance, starting at 1:30 pm. They will be joined by William Barton and Jess Hitchcock, creating an unforgettable atmosphere for all the fans in attendance.

At halftime, Australian talent Mark Seymour & the Undertow will take the stage, accompanied by Kate Miller-Heidke. This dynamic duo will surely captivate the audience with their sensational performances. The halftime entertainment will begin at 3:45 pm.

Award-winning singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke will also have the honor of performing the national anthem, adding a touch of elegance and patriotism to the event.

Timings and Live Sites

Here are some important timings to keep in mind for the AFL Grand Final:

  • 8:00 am – MCC Unreserved seats and standing room gates open
  • 9:00 am – MCC Reserved seating gates open
  • 9:30 am – Public and AFL reserve gates open
  • 12:38 pm – Grand Final sprint
  • 2:13 pm – Teams enter the field
  • 2:24 pm – Delivery of Premiership Cup
  • 2:30 pm – First bounce of the 2023 Toyota AFL Grand Final

If you have tickets for the Grand Final Live Site at the AIA Vitality Center, you’re in for an extraordinary experience. The gates open at 10 am, and there will be plenty of activities to keep you entertained, such as big screens, food trucks, KFC giveaways, Nike face painting, and hair braiding. If you don’t have tickets for this event, don’t worry – you can still enjoy the action at the free Grand Slam Oval Live Site, just across the road. Gates will also open there at 10 am.

Footy Festival and March to the ‘G

The Footy Festival, which begins at 8 am at Yarra Park, is another exciting prelude to the AFL Grand Final. This family-friendly event offers entertainment for people of all ages, including player appearances, giveaways, live music, and a delectable array of Melbourne’s best food trucks and bars. It’s the perfect way to kick off the school holidays.

The traditional march to the MCG will take place on Saturday, starting at Grand Slam Oval. Whether you’re attending the game or watching from home, you’re encouraged to join the Magpie Army in this march, showing your support for your team and the spirit of the game.

Here are the timings for the march:

  • 11:55 am – Pre-game Pep Talk
  • 12:00 pm – March to the ‘G starts
  • 12:20 pm – Arrival at Gate 1 MCG

Pies at the Pub

The Collingwood Football Club, in partnership with CUB, has set up Pies at the Pub events around the country, so fans can gather together to watch the Grand Final. Check the list provided to find the nearest pub to you and discover any special deals they might be offering. Make sure to contact the pub in advance to secure your spot and guarantee a fantastic environment to support your team.

Submit Your Photo

If you’re an avid Collingwood fan, don’t miss the opportunity to submit your best fan photo of how you’ll be watching the Pies in the Grand Final. By submitting your photo, you enter the chance to win a team-signed guernsey. Follow the link provided to submit your photo and show your love for the club.

As the AFL Grand Final 2023 approaches, football fans across Australia are gearing up for an unforgettable day filled with action, excitement, and entertainment. Whether you’re at the game or watching from the comfort of your own home, make sure to soak in the atmosphere and cheer on your chosen team.


Ultimate Guide to the AFL Grand Final: Everything You Need to Know
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