Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is set to seek compensation from the AFL if the 2020 Grand Final is played away from Victoria, per 7News.com.au
The Melbourne Cricket Ground is contracted to host the Grand Final until 2057, but with the state in strict lockdown, the AFL are set to decide on a date and venue for the Grand Final away from Victoria.
While the decision remains in the balance, Andrews has revealed both the state government and the AFL are in talks regarding the Grand Final.
“It’s something that we’re speaking with the AFL about,” Andrews told reporters in Melbourne on Friday.
“We’ve got a contract in place so we would seek to add a year at the end of that contract if the event can’t occur here (this year).
“We’re doing everything we can to make sure that it does but it is a long way off.”
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan discussed a potential pre-finals round bye for all clubs, with the suggestion potentially leaving room for another league-wide COVID-19 outbreak.
The remaining fixtures for the 2020 season have been released, with dates and venues for round 18 still in the air.
McLachlan revealed the league are quickly moving forward to secure the final dates for the home and away season and finals campaign.
“They’re the two things we’re marrying,” McLachlan told ABC radio.
“You’ve got momentum and certainty in getting things done while things are in your control.