We have advocated for years for an AFL Grand Final to be awarded to the team at the top of the ladder.
More specifically, the team that is at the top of the ladder after the home-and-away season that survives through to the Grand Final.
Such a scheme could prove daunting from the logistics perspective.
The AFL clubs, in an activity that is rife with uncertainty, could always count on the Grand Final being held at MCG. The interstate clubs were at a huge disadvantage, such as the 2017 Grand Final, where the seemingly unstoppable Adelaide Crows could only kick eight goals agasint Richmond Tigers in a 108 – 60 loss before 100,000 fans at MCG, most of whom were Richmond supporters.
The prospects of a home ground advantage for an interstate team in a Grand Final exist in the Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership competition, provided the Gold Coast Suns or the Brisbane Lions make it to the Grand Final.
A global pandemic does not seem like a reason for our position to come to fruition, but there is a growing chorus of voices that believe a Grand Final in Queensland is a fitting reward for the Sunshine State saving the 2020 AFL season.
One interesting idea we have seen floated is for the highest ranked side to have a choice in the selection of a venue.
With Victorian and NSW stadiums idled by the Covid-19 virus, those clubs would not have the option of picking their venue for the Grand Final, the scenario is not exactly the one we have been hoping for.
Still, it is tempting to speculate that perhaps GWS could have done much better in the 2019 Grand Final if they had finished above Richmond and had the option of holding the Grand Final at Giants Stadium.
TAG: The 2020 AFL Grand Final will likely be played somewhere other than MCG, with the Gabba, Optus, Adelaide Oval and Suncorp Stadium being part of the conversation.