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‘Once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for Queensland; compensation for Victoria

The Age has been told by league sources that the MCG will also receive a handful of extra games in the 2021 season.

The national draft is also included in the deal. Victoria will host two of the next three drafts, which have become two-day television events.

The 2019 AFL grand final at the MCG.

The 2019 AFL grand final at the MCG. Credit:Getty Images

The AFL is set to officially unveil its grand final plans on Wednesday.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Wednesday morning that the major sporting event would inject “millions of dollars” into the state’s economy, but she would be respectful in her celebrations, when the official announcement was made, out of concern for Victoria.

“If we were lucky, we would embrace that, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity but it would also be an honour to safeguard that for a year knowing Victoria has gone through a really, really difficult time … if we were successful we would deal with that respectfully,” she said.

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“But what I think is really important is the ability to grow the game in Queensland … with the Lions and the Suns the game is growing, we have some teams coming here to Cairns, Cairns and Mackay are also very strong regional centres.

“I’m really pleased to see so many young women and girls involved in the game as well. I know looking back to when I was at school women weren’t allowed to participate in certain sports.”

Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the state’s police service was “very comfortable” the AFL grand final could be accommodated from a security perspective. “We’re very well-aware of the planning around this,” he told ABC Radio Brisbane.

“We are pretty good at doing major events here in Queensland, I think it’s probably testimony, despite a few recent scares, that Queensland is in such a good position and we’re very pleased with the rapid response we have put in place for those clusters we have had.”

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