Fans gear up for a big week of grand final festivities

2015 AFL Grand Final parade in Melbourne CBD. 2 October 2015. The Age News. Photo: Eddie Jim. Alastair Clarkson
2015 AFL Grand Final parade in Melbourne CBD. 2 October 2015. The Age News. Photo: Eddie Jim. Alastair Clarkson

Sports fans and celebrity watchers are gearing up for a big week, with both the NRL and AFL seasons reaching their climax this weekend.

Beginning with the Brownlows tonight and concluding with the NRL grand final on Sunday night, the next week is packed full of events for all ages and celebrities will be sure to get amongst the action.

Highlights of the week include the AFL Grand Final Parade, NRL Fan Fest at Luna Park and the North Melbourne Grand Final Breakfast.

Check out a full list of grand final week activities below.


The festivities kick off on Monday night at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne for the annual Brownlow Medal presentation. The AFL stars and their partners will start arriving at 5pm before the ceremony kicks off at 8pm.

Keep across all the frock action from the red carpet with our live blog here from 5.30pm ahead of our live coverage of the count from 8pm.

The Seven Network will air a delayed telecast of the red carpet at 7:30pm and broadcast the ceremony live from 8pm. The event will be broadcast on Seven in Melbourne and 7Mate in Sydney.


After the AFL stars take to the red carpet on Monday night, it will be the rugby league players turn on Wednesday evening for the Dally M awards at the Star.

Rugby league's night of nights will commence at 7:30pm with the red carpet arrivals before the ceremony starts at 8:30pm.

The ceremony will be broadcast on Fox Sports from 8:30pm with a gallery of all the red carpet action available online through Fairfax Media.

Wednesday will also feature the annual Variety AFL Great Grand Final Lunch, which raises money for children's charity Variety. Current and former AFL players including Matthew Suckling and Brian Lake will speak at the event.


As preparations ramp into high gear, the NRL players will make their final public appearances before Sunday's match.

Sydney's Luna Park will be transformed into a rugby league paradise, with the NRL Fan Fest taking over the amusement park.

The free event will feature players from every NRL team and a number of live performances and giveaways. The two teams competing in the grand final will be presented to fans at 5:30pm in the Big Top.

Following the appearance at Luna Park, the players will head to the NRL Footy Show Grand Final at the International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour.

The Footy Show event will also feature performances from Delta Goodrem and Everclear.

The show will be broadcast on the Nine Network at 7.30pm in Sydney and Brisbane and at 11.30pm in Melbourne.

That night Rod Laver Arena will play host to the annual AFL Footy Show Grand Final, with a number of high profile guests already confirmed.

Jimmy Barnes, Darryl Braithwaite, Mark Seymour and Jessica Mauboy will all perform while a number of AFL players past and present will appear to preview Saturday's match.

The event will be broadcast on Channel Nine at 7:30pm in Melbourne and 11pm in Sydney.

Tickets are still available for both events.


The Richmond and Adelaide players will make their final public appearance on Friday as the AFL Grand Final Parade moves through the streets of Melbourne.

Friday is a public holiday in Melbourne and thousands are expected to turn out for the annual event.

The parade commences at 12 and will see the teams travel from the Old Treasury Building along Wellington Parade to the AFL Live Site at Yarra Park. You can watch the whole thing unfold on Fox Footy from 11am.


Saturday is game day for AFL fans and players, with a large number of events taking place throughout Melbourne and Adelaide.

The day kicks off with numerous grand final breakfasts, the most high profile of which being the North Melbourne Grand Final Breakfast.

The North Melbourne event commences at 8am and will feature a host of celebrities and sports stars, including AFL CEO Gill McLachlan and AFL stars Matthew Boyd and Josh Gibson.

Fox Footy will broadcast the event from 9am before rolling into pre-game coverage leading up to opening bounce.

The big game itself begins at 2:30pm and is broadcast live on Channel Seven. Seven's coverage will commence at 9am with AFL Game Day.

The Killers headline the pre-game entertainment, with Dami Im to sing the national anthem and Mike Brady performing the annual rendition of Up There Cazaly.

For those who weren't able to snare a ticket to the big game, there are a number of live sites for fans to watch the match, with the AFL setting up a live site at Yarra Park.

The competing teams will also host live viewing sites, with the Crows opening up Adelaide Oval for their fans and Richmond broadcasting the match from Punt Road Oval.

The Richmond event is, however, a ticketed event and the club is warning that tickets will sell out.

The match will also be broadcast live at Royal Randwick Racecourse during Epsom Stakes day.


Sunday is grand final day for the NRL and ANZ Stadium will play host to a trifecta of grand final clashes.

Gates open at 1:15pm prior to the commencement of the Holden Cup grand final at 1:35pm between the Parramatta Eels and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

Following the Holden Cup is the NRL State Championship featuring the Penrith Panthers and the Papua New Guinea Hunters at 3:40pm.

The main game between the Melbourne Storm and North Queensland Cowboys is scheduled to commence at 7:15pm.

The NRL has also managed to draw a high profile act for its pre-game entertainment, with Macklemore performing prior to the match. The entertainment will commence at 6:30pm.

The NRL hasn't announced any official live viewing sites in Sydney, however, Melbourne fans unable to make the journey north will be able to watch the match on a big screen at Federation Square.

The Cowboys are also yet to announce any plans for a live viewing site in Townsville.

All three matches will be broadcast live on Channel Nine, with coverage in Sydney starting from 11am and 10am in Brisbane with The Sunday Footy Show.

The preliminary matches will be broadcast on 9Gem in Melbourne before the coverage switches over to the main channel at 6:30pm.

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