2021 AFL grand final: What time is the opening bounce across Australia?

Posted: 21 September 2021 8:25 am
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The 2021 AFL grand final has a brand new home and a new timezone. This is when to tune in across Australia.

Melbourne Demons will play in their first grand final in 21 years, hoping to end the league's longest current premiership drought, dating back to 1964.

To do so, they must beat the Western Bulldogs, the club that did have the longest premiership drought (then 62 years) before winning the 2016 flag.

The game will be played away from the traditional grand final venue, Melbourne's MCG, for a second consecutive year due to the pandemic.

When is the 2021 AFL grand final?

The "Big Dance", as some like to call it, is at Perth's Optus Stadium, with the opening bounce at 5:15pm local time (7:15pm AEST) on Saturday 25 September.

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2021 AFL grand final opening bounce Australian times

  • Adelaide: 6:45pm
  • Brisbane: 7:15pm
  • Darwin: 6:45pm
  • Hobart: 7:15pm
  • Melbourne: 7:15pm
  • Sydney: 7:15pm
  • Perth: 5:15pm

Where is the 2021 AFL grand final?

Perth's Optus Stadium will host the 2021 grand final after Melbourne was ruled out due to the coronavirus pandemic. It's just the second time in history the game will not be played in Victoria. The first came last year when Brisbane's Gabba hosted the game, again due to the pandemic.

How to watch the 2021 AFL grand final

The grand final is live and exclusive to Channel 7 right across Australia. The game will not be streamed on 7plus. Right after the full-time siren, you can watch a full replay on Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now or Kayo Sports.

If you are a Foxtel customer, you are all set. If not, we recommend Kayo Sports, which has a range of unique special features and access to more than 50 sports in total. Kayo has a 14-day free trial for new customers or you can access a 10-day free trial for Foxtel Now.

Watch Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs on Channel 7

The grand final is live and exclusive to Channel 7 right across Australia. You can watch on the main 7 channel or on 7HD.

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Can I stream the AFL grand final on 7plus?

No. The match is not being shown on 7plus. To stream it you will need to watch on Kayo Sports or Foxtel Now on delay.

Details of Optus Stadium, venue for the 2021 AFL grand final.

Details of Optus Stadium, venue for the 2021 AFL grand final. Image: austadiums.com

Stream Demons vs Bulldogs on Kayo Sports

You can watch Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs on delay for no cost using Kayo's 14-day free trial for new users. After the trial period, a Basic subscription is $25 a month to watch on 2 screens or $35 a month for a third screen. You can check it all out in our Kayo Sports review.

Kayo also has a wide range of special features to add to your viewing experience. SplitView lets you watch up to 4 sports at once on the same screen. Other features include Interactive Stats, No Spoilers, Key Moments and more.

In total Kayo broadcasts more than 50 sports. That includes NRL finals, V8 Supercars, UFC, Formula 1 and much more. Kayo is compatible with Macs and PCs, plus iOS and Android devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, Sony Bravia TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later).

You can see a comparison of Kayo vs Foxtel here. We have also broken down the full 2021 AFL draw.

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