Your Ultimate Guide to AFL’s Big Last Day in Perth
Pre-game activities at Optus Stadium and Stadium Park, which will be a hub for pre-match activations, including giveaways, face painting, pop-up bar and food trucks. Arrive early to make the most of the carnival atmosphere before the doors of the Optus stadium open at 12:45 p.m.
Curtain up, 1 p.m .: look at the future national rookies, the stars of tomorrow, with the WA U19s vs. the SA U19s.
Entertainment: the pre-game show features a host of local WA artists including John Butler, award-winning ARIA alternative rockers of Fremantle Eskimo Joe, multi-award winning guitar artist Abbe May, critically acclaimed musician Stella Donnelly, award-winning duo Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, and sisters Donna Simpson and Vikki Thorn of Australian folk group The Waifs. Men at Work singer and solo artist Colin Hay will also feature, along with Yolngu, Rapper and Young Aussie Man of the Year, Danzal Baker OAM – otherwise known as Baker Boy.
The halftime show presents hometown favorites Birds of Tokyo alongside the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, in a spectacular performance under the lights. Next, enjoy a special performance by September favorite Mike Brady AM at a distance from Melbourne. The Welcome to Country will be led by the proud South West Noongar Richard Wally OAM, before the Australian national anthem is performed by Perth-born musical theater star Amy Manford.
Official medal presenters are 2006 West Coast Premiership player and Norm Smith Medalist Andrew Embley (Norm Smith Medal) for the player judged best on the field, while his 2006 AFL coach and West Coast legend John Worsfold will present the Jock McHale medal to the winning coach of the big 2021 final.
Grand final referees: Brett Rosebury, Matt Stevic and Jacob Mollison
Match day parking: $ 7 all-day parking in the Queens Gardens and Royal Street car parks, near the stadium.
Weather forecast: Cloudy, 27 degrees
DEMONS OF MELBOURNE
Official function of the grand finale, Saturday 11 a.m., Empire Bar: A group of WA-based supporters, the Western Demons, will host a extravagant pre-match grand finale at the Empire Bar from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Guest speakers, auctions, raffles, drinks and food. A post-match function will also be organized there. Arrive by train or the Kalamunda bus line, stop no. 14453.
Open training session on Friday: 10:30 am-11:30am, Optus Stadium (doors open at 9:30 am)
Official function of the grand finale, Saturday, 1 p.m., Blasta Brewing: WA Bulldogs, the club’s local fan club, will have a pre-game drink at this Burswood brewer before heading to the stadium for the game. At 4:00 p.m., the Bulldogs cheering team will meet for banner duties.
Open training session on Friday: 12 p.m.-1 p.m., Optus Stadium (doors open at 9:30 a.m.)
Big eve Friday: exclusive WA Bulldogs feature at Blasta Brewing, 6:30 p.m. (paid event).
TOP FIVE PLACES TO WATCH THE GREAT DANCE
North Bridge Square
Sporting the AFL colors on the day of the Grand Final, Northbridge Piazza will become an official Live Grand Final site hosted by the City of Perth, with the game broadcast on the huge LED screen. There will be pre-game entertainment for families starting at 4 p.m. and continuing into the night, touring performers will entertain outdoor diners, visitors to the city and those who enjoy the atmosphere along the streets. James and Lake. Plus, a booster screening later in the evening for those who want to relive the historic game.
Pre-game before the big game aboard the Raft with unlimited drinks, canapes, an all-inclusive barbecue lunch, a live DJ and of course, stellar views of the city and the river. If you have tickets to the game, why not go all out and add a private ferry transfer to your booking, so you can arrive in style?
The Royal on the seafront, East Perth
The Royal will have all the pre-game entertainment as well as the Grand Final live and loud on their indoor and outdoor screens throughout the day. Walk-ins are welcome.
Go with a Mermaid to Mermaid package, which includes free-flowing draft beers, ciders, wine, and Aperol spritz, plus a fully loaded AFL tray stacked with beef sliders, pork sausage rolls , pumpkin arancini and buffalo chicken wings. There will also be halftime entertainment and prizes up for grabs, and after the last siren howls, stroll to the Night Market for an epic after party.
The Camfield, stadium park
In Australia’s largest pub, the beer is cold, the food hot, and gameplay live on screen from every seat in the house. Get off early to see Ghost Busters live before the rebound, with DJ Buda and DJ Elise joining in after the game to keep the vibes high. Without appointment only; the doors open at 11 a.m.
Perth’s Favorite Resort has two main attractions for the big last day; a range of live (and free) streaming sites across the resort, an AFL panel in the Crown Sports Bar, and a new pop-up bar in the Crown Metropol lobby starting Thursday, September 23.
Siren Sessions at Crown Perth Nightclub – The Southern River Band, 8 p.m. Fresh out of their Brownlow Medal appearance, rock’n’roll band Thornlie SRB have spent the last two years touring Australia and quickly become one of the nation’s top live bands. Tickets on sale Thursday from 10 a.m. to ticketmaster.com.au and at the door.
Watch the show live: Crown Sports Bar, The Merrywell, Groove Bar & Lounge, Mesh Bar, Lobby Lounge and many more in the complex.
Thursday, 7:30 p.m., AFL Panel at Crown Sports Bar: An evening with Melbourne football legends Garry Lyon and Shane Woewodin, hosted by Mark Readings. The trio will discuss all things football before the big game.
Sunday, 8 p.m., Les Anges: Don’t miss out on Australian rock royalty as The Angels take the stage singing their classic hits. Tickets at the door or ticketmaster.com.au
OTHER SITES AROUND PERTH
The globe – Side tables, a pint and football trays shared at halftime for $ 35.
Leederville – live entertainment before and after the game, food and drink specials all day long and the big game live on the large screens of the renovated hall. Or take a seat in the shade for a relaxed afternoon next to the Garden and watch the game on the big outdoor screen.
Royal planet – with arcade game machines, an all-inclusive paid dinner and screening of the big game at the Royal Theater, you’ll never need to leave. Buy your tickets online.
Johnny fox – get $ 20 worth of mermaid-to-mermaid burgers and special beers, with plenty of large screens.
The Hampden Hotel – you can still enjoy a Gage Roads on the big last day of this bottomless VIP event, or grab one of the football specials and relax in the beer garden with the family.
Patriots Sports Bar – with 22 screens, you literally won’t miss the action. Fuel your football fire with hearty American pub fare, including a pound of tidy wings for $ 20.
Northbridge University – watch on their giant screens as you build a healthy stomach lining with their big burgers, pizzas and fried chicken.
Bark in Subiaco – lots of WA foams on tap and lots of snacks on the menu to eat while watching the game.
The Royal Hotel, Perth – Four TVs throughout the venue, so gather your friends and dive into The Royal Feast, for $ 49. Come in. No need to reserve.
Quarter acre in Applecross – watch on the big screen in the garden, go down early to take a seat on the terrace. Mountains of finger-licking chicken wings, buckets of homemade tin cans and pitcher specials.
The Rehabited – Head to the Crooked Colors DJ set in the main room for a big party after. Downstairs, Double Rainbow will be offering a beer and bao combo for $ 10.
The Newport Hotel – arrive early to grab a seat and a bev happy hour (from 5pm), sink several fish jars and demolish Tony Pepperoni’s New York style pizza before a big Kombi Klub dance party.
The watcher – the northies rejoice, with the season decider on giant screens, with 6 pints until 6 p.m. and $ 5 of vinos for an hour from 5 p.m.
The Downtown neighborhood party at Perth Mess Hall from 5pm which features market stalls, DJs and plenty of food. James and Lake Streets, Northbridge will be open to pedestrians and closed to traffic after the game so you can soak up the atmosphere on the city streets with other soccer fans.