The AFL is often criticised for the allowing the Grand Final to become a largely corporate affair, losing the passion that is seen at a preliminary or semi final.

Last year, only 30,000 (15,000 to each club) of the 100,024 seats at the MCG were available to club members.

In 2017, the league has reduced the corporate allocation and increased the amount of tickets allocated to club members, with each team in the Grand Final this year granted access to 2,000 extra tickets, taking the overall allocation from 30,000 to 34,000.

“This decision is a win for the members of the competing clubs who reach the Grand Final to play off for the premiership.” AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said in a statement on Wednesday.

“MCC members contribute to the upkeep of the MCG as the premier stadium in our country, while AFL members contribute directly to their club.

“The Toyota AFL Grand Final is Australia’s premier sporting event, and there is always huge demand for tickets. We have to balance a range of interests, including all clubs, the industry and our partners.

“The MCG is always full on Grand Final day with AFL supporters, but this will ensure a greater representation of the members from the two clubs competing for the premiership.”

The league is yet to announce the prices for this year’s Grand Final tickets.