“I am a traditionalist when it comes to the grand final. I love the nostalgia that surrounds a day grand final. The important part for me is the game itself not the spectacle that surrounds it or the TV audience that is enhanced and increased but holding the grand final at twilight or at night,” Sampson said.
Ticket allocation for the grand final also remains a point of consternation, with fans wanting each club to have more than 17,000 tickets available to club members. The AFL last year froze entry-level tickets for the grand final for a fourth consecutive year at $185.
“Ninety-two per cent of fans support more than the current 34,000 tickets allocated to competing club members for the grand final. Qualitative comments from fans recognise the importance of sponsors and revenue but believe the allocation needs to be increased given the importance of fans to the…