MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Team line up for the national anthem during the 2018 AFL Grand Final match between the Collingwood Magpies and the West Coast Eagles at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 29, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Queensland could be rewarded for saving the AFL this season with a big prize – hosting rights to the grand final.

First, they created hubs and opportunities to allow Victorian clubs to move to the state and keep the competition alive.

Now, with the border closing to New South Wales, Sydney clubs will have to relocate to the Queensland hub as well.

Queensland’s case to host the Grand final is mounting by the minute.

According to Channel 7’s Ryan Daniels, the AFL has been putting a contingency plan together, allowing for the Grand final to be played in Queensland.

With another record day of COVID-19 nfections in Victoria (723) and the increasing number of deaths, Daniels is reporting that Queensland is firming to host this year’s decider if the MCG can’t.

“The AFL have already put logistical plans in place to host this year’s decider in Queensland,” he told Channel 7.

“(The AFL have made) accommodation and venue bookings (in Queensland) until the end of October. As of today, Western Australia has not been included in any such plans.

“Optus Stadium now appears certain to miss out hosting Australian sport’s marquee event.”

In 1991, the grand final was held at VFL Park due to the MCG being under construction work.

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