Brisbane loses women's AFL grand final after Adele concert

Paola Ditto
Marzo 20, 2017

The first AFL Women's grand final will be played on the Gold Coast after Brisbane's Gabba was ruled unsafe after two concerts by pop star Adele.

The turf recovery time at the Gabba is also throwing the men's Lions round 2 home clash against Essendon into jeopardy, with serious questions to be raised if the ground is unsuitable for a women's clash one week, but okay for the men to run on a mere seven days later.

Adele performs at The Gabba on March 4.

Brisbane won the right to host the decider after an undefeated season.

The issues in Brisbane have angered the Lions, with Lions chief executive Greg Swann dumbfounded that new grass had been sewn on the centre-wicket area for next summer's opening Ashes Test.

Fairfax Media is now reporting that, as a result, the AFLW Grand Final will be held at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast, rather than in Brisbane, this coming Saturday at 2pm.

"Stadiums Queensland needs to be held to account over this", he said.

"I would say because we have earnt the right", she tells the ABC.

Former Brisbane Lions coach Leigh Matthews criticised the failure for the grounds to be ready.

"I mean, really - three weeks!"

"Who is liable for the embarrassing stuff up?"

A statement from Queensland Sports Minister Mick de Brenni earlier on Monday foreshadowed it would not be possible.

Metricon Stadium would be emptied between the two matches, with the Q-Clash due to start at 7.05pm.

The AFL made the decision to give the minor premiers hosting rights to the Grand Final, rather than follow the men's line of holding the Grand Final at the "neutral" MCG regardless of who the participants are. "Tickets will be free", Mr de Brenni said.

Lions' player Selina Goodman says they're bummed they won't be getting their standalone women's match.

He said grass had been recently sewn on the Gabba's pitch.

"Any surface instability can pose safety risks to players, particularly in a game like AFL where players are sliding or quickly changing direction".

Stadiums Queensland, a Queensland government department, has been contact for comment, as has the state opposition.

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said he was bitterly disappointed the venue would not be available for the final in the women's debut season of the nationally popular sport, despite weeks of discussions.

"The Brisbane Lions have earned the right to host the inaugural NAB AFLW grand final in their home state and it is extremely disappointing that the first-ever women's grand final can not be at the home of AFL football in Brisbane", he said.

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