Preference to host AFLW grand final at Ikon Park is a mistake | Kate O’Halloran

The AFL has shown a lack of imagination when it comes to promoting women’s game

The AFL has underestimated the appeal of the AFLW competition if it goes ahead with its preference of Ikon Park as a grand final venue on Saturday March 24. On Tuesday, it was revealed the AFL “does not want a double header with a round-one men’s game, ruling out Etihad Stadium and the MCG as venues”.

Since the inception of the competition, the AFL has determined the AFLW grand final be hosted by the minor premier. In 2017, the Lions went through the season undefeated, but played home games at South Pine Sports Complex, a ground with a capacity of 3,000. The club has since told the AFL the ground is unsuitable for home and away games, let alone a grand final.

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