Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has made her final pitch to the AFL for the sunshine state to host the 2020 grand final.
The AFL Commission is set to make a decision about the location for this year’s event on Tuesday, with an announcement expected on Wednesday.
There are reports it is considered “almost certain” the Gabba will hold a 7pm grand final on October 24.
Ms Palaszczuk said she had her fingers crossed.
“I’m hoping that I get a call if we’re successful,” she said from Cairns on Tuesday.
“If Queensland is fortunate, we know that it is just this once and it is to look after the AFL whilst Victoria is going through a very difficult time.”
Ms Palaszczuk said it was a comprehensive pitch.
“This is my last thing I want to say before they meet is that, I hope they take on board that Queensland has really been there for Victoria during these tough times,” she said.
“We know when the AFL first floated the idea and the concept of a hub that Queensland welcomed that idea and we worked with the chief health officer to make that happen
“Since then we have hosted nearly the entire AFL competition.”
Queensland is up against NSW, SA and WA to host the match, with Victoria seemingly out of the running given COVID-19 restrictions.
The Herald Sun is reporting the Gabba would host a “historic night grand final” in front of 30,000 people, while Adelaide and Perth could host games through to the preliminary final, if the Commission accepts a recommendation handed down by the AFL executive.
Speaking on Fox Sports’ AFL Tonight on Monday, Herald Sun reporter Jon Ralph said Brisbane would host the first-ever night premiership on Saturday, October 24.
“It would be a jaw-dropping upset, one of massive proportions, if it was not the Gabba … I would be flummoxed if that was not the venue,” he said.
“All of those bids will be weighed and (AFL fixture’s boss) Travis Auld’s recommendation will go to the AFL Commission. They make their own mind, sometimes they can make weird decisions, but I’ll tell you what, every single figure in the AFL and clubland that I’ve canvassed today says that bid just stacks up.
“I can confirm tonight that the decision has been made that Port Adelaide and West Coast will still be able to play (preliminary finals) in their home states.”
It’s understood AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan will fly to the Gold Coast on Tuesday with a convoy of other players and staff, in preparation for the league to play an entire finals series outside of Melbourne for the first time in history.
Queensland all but saved the season after the code was forced to move from Victoria amid a COVID-19 second wave.
Tourism Minister Kate Jones said an AFL Grand Final would deliver “great benefits” for the state.
“Delivering events that will pump millions of dollars into our economy and support local jobs is an important part of the Government’s economic recovery strategy to rebuild our tourism industry,” she said.
“The fact that Queensland has played such a strong role in ensuring the AFL season is able to continue has put us in good stead.”