The AFL has spent at least $60 million in Queensland so far this season as it’s revealed clubs could spend more time in the sunshine state after the last siren sounds at the grand final.
According to the Courier Mail, players, officials and other parties have spent 101,000 nights in hotel and resort beds across the state, and eaten 400,000 meals in Queensland restaurants.
Further, AFL’s Queensland contingent have logged more than 10,000 car and truck rentals, and in the last three months have chartered 120 flights.
The $60m receipt has been a welcome relief for Queensland, with the money spread between the AFL’s Gold Coast hub, and further afield within the Sunshine Coast and Cairns.
It comes as the AFL floats the possibility of setting up training hubs for the 2021 pre-season, likely to begin at the end of November.
In a normal year, clubs begin pre-season training in mid-November, however with a later grand final, this year to be played on October 24 at Brisbane’s the Gabba, it’s likely to be pushed back.
The AFL is expected to make an announcement on the 2021 pre-season in the coming days.
Punters are eagerly awaiting tickets for the 2020 grand final as it’s revealed more than 50 per cent of tickets will be allocated to members from competing teams.
AFL CEO Gill McLachlan said the tickets would also be frozen at 2019 prices, with the cheapest available seat $185.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 30,000 people will be able to attend the first night grand final, with 16,200 dedicated for members of the two teams. Only those unsold from club member allocations will then go on sale to the public.
The Herald Sun is reporting AFL members and finals series ticket holders will be allocated 15 per cent of tickets, 16 per cent to premium hospitality packages, and 15 per cent to AFL stakeholders, corporate and broadcast partners.
The Brisbane Lions are currently second on the ladder, and if they make it to the grand final at least 16,000 of the club’s 24,672 members could miss out.
Port Adelaide is sitting on top, with the club boasting 733 members in Queensland. South Australian members will be able to freely travel to Queensland for the event.
Both Adelaide and Perth could host a match in the first weekend of finals series.
Tickets for the grand final go on sale from October 18.
CHEAPEST FINALS TICKETS
Weeks 1 and 2 – $35
Preliminary finals – $65
Grand final – $185