Saturday September 17
By SANFL Media
The big stage is set for a successful Hostplus SANFL League Grand Final between North Adelaide and Norwood tomorrow – Sunday September 18.
As well as all the action on the pitch, a full program of ‘Festival of Footy’ grand final events will be shown in and around Adelaide Oval from midday.
SANFL chief executive Darren Chandler said he expected a large crowd, it is the first time since 2019 that the SANFL Grand Final will be played at Adelaide Oval without a spectator cap. That year, more than 39,000 spectators turned out for the grand final which saw Glenelg win their first premiership in 33 years, beating Port Adelaide.
“In 2018, we saw over 40,300 spectators attend the 2018 clash between North Adelaide Premiers and Norwood – the biggest SANFL Grand Final crowd in 20 years,” Mr Chandler said.
“While the action on the pitch will be intense on Sunday, fans will be further enticed to attend this year’s Grand Final with a ‘Festival of Footy’ to add a true carnival atmosphere to the main event.”
SANFL is working with Adelaide Fringe performers this year to provide roving pre-match performers around the stadium, including acrobats and stilt walkers in Roosters and Redlegs colors and make-up artists.
A new collaboration with the City to Bay event will also allow fun race participants to access discounted Grand Final tickets and return to Adelaide Oval on Sunday. All-day parking for just $5 is also available on Sunday at Wilson parking lots in the CBD for all City to Bay attendees and anyone attending the SANFL Grand Finals.
In addition to the Grand Final festivities, there will be:
- A children’s area at Creswell Gardens, east side of the stadium, including inflatable activities, a bouncy castle and ‘goal cards’ – giving children the opportunity to write their own personal message of support for teams and players.
- Powerade Talent Center – a “mini draft battery” where kids can test themselves against the Draftees and take home Powerade goodies
- Partner tents, giveaways and entertainment in Telstra Plaza between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., including McDonalds food giveaways and Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation beanies for sale.
- SEN S.A. pre-match broadcast on Telstra Plaza
- The green of the village inside the Oval with food trucks, Serafino Wine Garden and live music before and during the game
- Participation in the Kia Cup – in what is a SANFL tradition, legends from both clubs to bring the Thomas Seymour Hill Trophy onto the pitch
- National anthem performed by Chloe Bremner
- SANFL National Champions Parade – held at half time of the Grand Final, with U16 State team Torrens University Boys, U18 Girls State team, U12 and U15 School Sport SA teams around the oval
- Coles Mini League half-time ground games
- AAMI Dash for cash half-time relay sprint around the Oval, with SANFL male and female players competing for the first time.
- The announcer’s afterparty on The Village Green after the game with a DJ.
To ensure the Grand Final is also an accessible and inclusive event, SANFL is working with Novita and Adelaide Oval to provide a dedicated space to support sensory adults and children.
The Grand Final will be broadcast live and for free on Channel 7 and 7plus, SANFL Now, SEN SA, Triple M, Fiveaa and ABC Sport.
Tickets for the Hostplus SANFL League Grand Final are on sale via Ticketing. Tickets will also be available for sale on game day at the door. Everyone under 18 is FREE and does not need a ticket.
FREE public transport to Adelaide Oval will also be available all day Sunday.
For all ticketing and matchday information, visit the SANFL website: www.sanfl.com.au/finals