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AFL club chairman wants to "shop around" Grand Final


Gold Coast Suns chairman Tony Cochrane has proposed the venue for the AFL Grand Final be rotated in future.

The 2020 decider at the Gabba was the first to be hosted away from the MCG since 1991, and the first ever to be played away from Melbourne.

"I would have the Grand Final in Melbourne every second year, and the year in between, I would shop it around,” Cochrane told SEN SA Breakfast.

“I would let Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane bid. I would move it around every second year.

The dollar figure on the Queensland government’s bid for the game remains a secret, but Cochrane believes regular interstate deciders would prove lucrative.

“(An interstate Grand Final) would generate circa $20 million,” he claimed.

Cochrane says the game can’t shy away from the commercial promise of taking the marquee event beyond Victorian borders more often.

“You can’t have everybody saying it’s all money, we’ve got to make sure (the game) is well-funded, and not take on these challenges,” he said.

Cochrane added that his “fingerprints were all over” the decision to play this season’s decider under lights.

“I worked hard for it to be a night Grand Final because it was a one-off opportunity to try it.”

Gold Coast

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