AFL Finals

Optus Stadium has been confirmed as custodian of Australia’s ultimate sporting event - the 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final


The AFL announced that Optus Stadium will play host to the Grand Final on Saturday 25 September, with bouncedown to be advised.


Optus Stadium CEO Mike McKenna has welcomed the decision following extensive talks with the AFL. 


First and foremost, our thoughts are with the people of Victoria and New South Waleswho remain in lockdown,” he said.


“We know and understand the significance of this event to the Australian public andwe will ensure we respect footballing traditions whilst sharing Perth and WA with the rest of the country.


The Grand Final is the most important day of an AFL players’ career and is one of the great days in world sport – both for the fans in attendance and those watching at home on Channel Seven will be part of the event experience.


We are looking forward to being able to deliver the very best in-person AFL experience to local fans who have shown time and time again that they love footy and will attend major events of all types.


Optus Stadium is very much a trusted partner for the AFL following the success of the Dreamtime match earlier this year and many other major events staged at the venue since opening and we are excited to have the responsibility of delivering this event.



  • Optus Stadium can hold 61,266 fans for the Grand Final 
  • There will be work for at least 2,000 staff at the game, giving them the opportunity to work shifts in a year where many have lost opportunities due to games being moved or played behind closed doors. 
  • With travelers coming from regional WAalong with team and official accommodation, as many as 34,500 hotel room nights and expenditure of $10 million could be delivered to hotels, restaurants and bars in Perth.
  • Optus Stadium was named ‘Most Beautiful Stadium in the World' in 2019