Posted on 27. Sep, 2010 in Victoria

Footy fans without a ticket to this weekend’s epic AFL Grand Final replay will be able to watch every minute of the clash on giant screens at a special free live site at AAMI Park.

And supporters will be able to soak up all the excitement of Australian sport’s biggest day when the winning team and Premiership cup are presented to supporters on stage after the final siren.

Sports Minister James Merlino today encouraged footy fans to celebrate the final day on the AFL calendar and join in the celebrations of the biggest game of the year at AAMI Park.

“The AFL Grand Final is the pinnacle of our world-class sporting calendar and Melbourne really comes alive in the final week of September – in this case, October,” Mr Merlino said.

“Last weekend we witnessed a truly epic grand final between Collingwood and St Kilda and this weekend promises to be another blockbuster.

“The replay is set to be another sell-out and for those who can’t get a ticket, our live site at AAMI Park – just a stone’s throw away from the MCG – promises to be the next best thing.

Mr Merlino said the free event at AAMI Park would be able to accommodate up to 30,000 fans.

“There won’t be a bad seat in the house and the match will be broadcast live on giant screens, with a range of other live entertainment and festivities,” Mr Merlino said.

“It will be a safe, family-friendly atmosphere complete with full catering and amenities.”

Mr Merlino said the winning team will be presented live on stage after the match.

“This is a great opportunity for fans to get a taste of the Premiership and to see their club heroes on stage for families to celebrate a Premiership win right in the heart of Melbourne,” he said.

AFL Chief Executive Andrew Demetriou said the event was a great boost for fans.

“I would like to thank the Victorian Government for again supporting the Toyota AFL Grand Final as they did on Saturday and ensuring that as many supporters as possible can enjoy the day – and the post-match celebrations in comfort and safety,” Mr Demetriou said.

“We saw a fantastic game last week and this week promises to be a thrilling grand final replay and a great week for Melbourne and Victoria.

“We are very appreciative of the support of the State Government for working with us to secure a venue that will enable more people and families to enjoy the game and especially to witness the presentation of the winning team with the Premiership Cup.

“When you consider that the grand final sold out today in just five hours, you understand the enormous interest and support of the 2010 Toyota AFL Grand Final replay.”

Mr Merlino said further details about the live site will be announced to the media shortly.

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