The AFL are considering moving the AFLW’s Grand Final to the MCG in wake of the competition’s popularity in the opening round.
Over 50,000 fans flocked to witness the opening round of AFLW, including a lockout crowd in the opening fixture between Carlton and Collingwood at Ikon park, where more than 2000 fans had to be turned away.
AFL game and market development manager Simon Lethlean told SEN they are yet to decide where the Grand Final will be played.
“We deliberately haven’t made a decision on the Grand Final. We made the call to leave Saturday afternoon (in round one of the AFL) free of any other football, so it gets its own exposure and coverage,” Lethlean said.
“Now we’ve got to work out where is best, whether that’s Whitten Oval or Ikon Park, (we’ll) have a look at Punt Rd, the MCG is available and (there’s) plenty of time to move the game there.
“We’ll weigh it all up and see what’s best.”
The AFL will also decide on Monday whether to move Saturday’s women’s match been Collingwood and Melbourne from Olympic park to a bigger venue.
“We expect there might be more than 5000 or 7000 which is the capacity (of Olympic Park) so if we’re sure of that we’ll have a look at the options,” Lethlean said.
“I think Ikon Park is probably the most obvious. It does mean having to move the Carlton-Giants game that’s on there at 5pm to a bit earlier in the day, so we’ve got time to change over and move crowds in and out.”
In the opening four games of AFL Women’s the average team score was 26 points. Lethlean said the AFL were aware the competition might be low scoring.
“We tried to address that situation a little bit by tinkering with some of the rules, especially 16 a side to reduce congestion, the smaller ball and generally these girls have only played one or two games as a group together and that takes a while to get used to,” Lethlean said.
“It’s not a massive concern but it’s certainly a watch out and we’ll do what we can to help with scoring being improved as best we can.”