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The AFL knows having a Perth grand final has an enormous upside, but it also carries a huge risk

The decision to give the AFL grand final to Perth, if Melbourne is not in a position to host it, is a no-brainer.

The West Australian government’s hard-line approach to protecting the state’s population may have scared off the league last year, but this season it makes WA a very attractive proposition.

Through a combination of that hard-line approach, the tyranny of distance, and a healthy dose of good luck, Perth has avoided a COVID-19 outbreak, and subsequent lockdowns, as the rest of the country struggles.

As a result, West Australians have lived in relative freedom, moving about the community with no restrictions and filling Perth Stadium for football games.

It’s that last bit that makes Perth attractive to the AFL.

Perth Stadium can hold a capacity crowd of 60,000.(

Supplied: Perth Stadium

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A full stadium for the grand final, and one the size of Perth’s showpiece venue, will provide a…

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