theHas really ruined a lot of sports this year, but in Australia we have managed to get through over 20 weeks of Australian professional football without significant COVID-19 setbacks. This weekend, it all ends in the Australian Super Bowl: the AFL Grand Final.
It’s a feline extravaganza as the top two teams, the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats, go head to head for the 2020 Premiership Cup.
Usually, around 100,000 spectators packed the Melbourne Cricket Ground for a game of “footy” in September. This year things are a little different. On the one hand, it’s October. Of them: Pat McAfee single-handedly sparked excitement among American viewers about Australian rules when , so there is a little extra interest.
It will be a historic grand finale for the AFL. This is the first time that the Grand Final will be played at night, under the lights. It’s not the best news for international viewers in the US, which brings the game live in the US early in the morning.
Australian Rules Football is the biggest game in the world, but the Australian Football League isn’t good at putting together guides for international viewers – its international broadcast guide refers to 2016. But, look, I swear we don’t. are not back here, and despite its appearance, the AFL is keen to expand its fan base.
If you want to see the biggest * show on the planet without all the commercials you get during the Super Bowl… here’s everything you need to know.
When does the grand finale start?
The first bounce is at 7:30 p.m. AEDT in Australia. If you’re in the US, you’ll have to make it overnight or get up early and make a latte (that’s what the folks in Melbourne, where the grand finale normally takes place) would do.
Let’s go over some US time zones:
- Hawaii: 10:30 p.m. Friday 23 October.
- Peaceful: 1:30 a.m. Saturday 24 Oct
- Mountain: 2:30 a.m. Saturday Oct. 24
- Central: 3:30 a.m. Saturday Oct. 24
- East: 4:30 a.m. Saturday 24 Oct
And if you are in the UK:
- BST: 9:30 a.m. Saturday 24 Oct
Simply because this is a (potential) big night final and the start time is a bit wobbly, here it is in all Australian time zones:
- NSW, VIC, ACT, TAS: 7:30 p.m. Saturday 24 Oct
- QLD: 6:30 p.m. Saturday 24 Oct
- SA, NT: 7: 00 pm samedi 24 oct.
- WASHINGTON: 4:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 24
How to watch the 2020 AFL Grand Final
The game will air on Fox Sports 1 in the US and coverage will begin one hour before the rebound at 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 a.m.ET. In the UK, BT Sport 3 will host the Grand Final. That means you’ll need a cable subscription if you want to get involved. If you don’t have one, you can follow a few other options.
Any international viewer can stream the game using Watch AFL, although a Grand Final Pass will cost you $ 40 (around $ 28).
Even though the website looks like it was developed in the 1990s, you can watch it on a compatible phone, tablet, or computer and it supports Chromecast, Airplay, or the Apple TV app. There ishere, if that’s something you’re interested in.
Australians are, of course, covered. Channel 7 will broadcast the Grand Final live in clear. Coverage will begin at 4:30 p.m. AEDT.
AFL’s broadcast department told CNET that “streaming in Australia is only available on the AFL Live app presented by Telstra,” which means you won’t be able to take advantage of free streaming services and watch at the same time.
The AFL Live Pass costs $ 4.99 for one week, but new customers can get a two-week free trial – so this might be your best bet if you haven’t signed up before. However, it does not support streaming to devices.
There are some devices that will allow you to play the game on 7Plus if you are in Australia. For a complete list, visit the 7Plus website. Apple TV, PlayStation4, Android TV are all included.
I don’t know anything about the Australian rules but I’m excited, what should I know?
To be fair, this AFL-produced video gives a very clear and concise overview of everything you need to know. I would start there. Then watch the highlights of the 1997 AFL Grand Final between the Adelaide Crows and the St. Kilda Saints and you’ll be all set.
Wait, aren’t they wearing pads?
Pads? Pfft, please.
Where is the grand finale taking place?
Unlike the Super Bowl, the Grand Final is only played at one stadium in Australia: the Melbourne Cricket Ground, or MCG. However, this year being … well, this year, there was a change of plans.
The Grand Final will now be played at Gabba in Brisbane, Queensland. Perhaps to show our international readers how important the MCG is to the Grand Final, consider this: The AFL has decided to cut a patch of grass from the MCG and ship it 1,100 miles across the country. so the MCG is kind of involved in the last game of the year.
This is a free aftermarket operation, folks. I can’t imagine what McAfee thinks about this.
Is there a halftime show?
Strangely, yes. The AFL usually doesn’t have a halftime show, but COVID-19 has made them try new things and they will be hosting some break time entertainment.
Listen, fair warning: this is the biggest event on the Australian sports calendar, but it cannot compete with the spectacle that is the Super Bowl. The halftime show will feature a band by the name of Sheppard, who you might know from their massive single “Geronimo” (or you might not be).
For what it’s worth, the AFL goes for an All Australian theme for the entertainment, but that should probably come down to The Killers, who delivered an iconic pre-game show that was as delicious as anything Springsteen has done. during a Super Bowl.