City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said hosting the AFL Grand Final was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Perth and called on all Perth footy fans to get behind the historic event.
“The eyes of the nation and the world will be on Perth as it hosts one of Australia’s biggest sporting events and the City of Perth is giving the West Australian public the chance to get involved in the celebrations,” he said.
“That includes a People’s Parade on grand final eve which will see supporters of both teams gather at either end of the Murray Street Mall. The fans will then be led by marching bands playing the clubs songs to “Footy Place” where they will get to see legends from both teams and celebrate with them.”
The Lord Mayor said businesses around the city were embracing the grand final.
“Banners now adorn every street, while iconic buildings across the city are lighting up in support of the event and from next week Council House will be lit up with a Premiership Cup and both team colours,” he said.
From Monday 20 September, Forrest Place will become ‘Footy Place’, featuring AFL players and legends, panel interviews, team mascots and music performances during lunchtime.
On the big day, Northbridge Piazza will become an official Toyota AFL Grand Final Live Site hosted by the City of Perth.
The AFL Grand Final game between the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne Demons will be broadcast live on the Northbridge Piazza LED Screen.
Sporting AFL colours, Northbridge Piazza will feature family-friendly pre-game entertainment suitable for the entire family from 4pm on Grand Final Day.
With entertainment continuing into the night, roving performers will entertain alfresco diners, city visitors and those enjoying the atmosphere along James and Lake Streets.
There will also be an encore screening later in the evening for those who want to relive the historical game.
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20 to 25 September | 11.15am to 1pm | Forrest Place | Free
Head down to ‘Footy Place’ to see the area adorned in Demon’s and Bulldogs colours. Get a glimpse of AFL legends, players and team mascots, including Stephen Coniglio, Nat Fyfe, Jaeger O’Meara, Josh Kennedy, Luke Shuey, Andrew Brayshaw and David Mundy. There’ll be music and roving performances, including panel interviews, Q and As and photo opportunities.
Twilight Hawkers Market
24 and 25 September | 4.30 to 9.30pm | Forrest Place | Free
In the spirit of footy, the City’s iconic Twilight Hawkers Market will open early for the Grand Final on Friday and Saturday nights. The markets make the perfect pitstop for a bite to eat post game or during the halftime break, featuring cuisine from all around the world. The AFL Grand Final will also be broadcast on the Forrest Place screen on Saturday.
Northbridge Live Site
25 September | 4pm to late | Northbridge Piazza, corner James Street and Lake Street | Free
In the heart of Northbridge, Northbridge Piazza will become an official Toyota AFL Grand Final Live Site hosted by the City of Perth. Adding to the vibrancy will be an array of crowd commanding roving performers who will entertain alfresco diners, city visitors and those enjoying the atmosphere along James and Lake Streets well into the night.
Sealink Perth AFL Masters National Carnival
26 September | 8am to 6pm | Langley Park | Free
More than 3000 people will attend the AFL Masters National Carnival as up to 50 football teams across Australia compete in age groups ranging from 35 to over 60 years.
The City of Perth acknowledges the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where Perth city is situated today, and pay our respect to Elders past and present.