Launceston will host two upcoming AFL finals games for the first time

In a momentous moment for Tasmanian footy fans, Tasmania is set to host two AFL elimination finals in the first week of the final series next weekend.

This is the first time finals will be played in Tasmania and is a massive coup for our football-loving State.

The first final will see the Sydney Swans take on the GWS Giants at UTAS Stadium on Saturday, 28 August at 3:20pm.

The second final will see the Western Bulldogs play the Essendon Bombers on Sunday, 29 August at 3:20pm, also at UTAS stadium.

UTAS has been chosen as the venue for both finals based on a range of logistical matters enabling the ground to be set up once for both matches including broadcast and COVID safety provisions.

Both matches promise to be thrilling elimination finals.Β 

Following strong crowd numbers at matches in the State throughout the 2021 season, including the sell-out Hawthorn versus Essendon match in June, both finals are great opportunities for Tasmanians to show the AFL how serious they are about wanting a team of their own.

The finals will be in addition to the 12 regular-season games that have been played in Tasmania this year, making it a record number of matches played in the State over the course of an AFL season.

The finals will also present a great opportunity for local businesses in Launceston to benefit from the increase in trade as people get out and about before and after the games.

Tasmania has demonstrated on multiple occasions that it can host AFL matches in a COVID-safe way, and these elimination finals will proceed under strict COVID-safe conditions, with important safeguards in place including capped crowds and masks to be worn.

We can’t wait for Tasmanians to have the opportunity to attend these games and witness the spectacle of AFL finals footy in our State for the very first time.Β 

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