Grand Final Day in Swan Street Richmond

Thursday 19 September 2019

richmond and GWS on field playing AFL

Excitement is building for the AFL Grand Final on Saturday 28 September.

Large crowds are expected in and around Swan Street, Richmond, as people make their way to and from the big game, and to pubs and other venues in the area.

We’re working closely with Victoria Police, Department of Transport, the AFL and emergency services to ensure public safety on the day.

We encourage people to enjoy themselves responsibly and keep in mind that public drinking is not allowed in Swan Street or the surrounding area at any time. Police will be out in numbers to ensure everyone stays safe. 

Getting to the game

The best way to get to the game is on public transport. Visit the Public Transport Victoria website to plan your trip.

Swan Street closure

To ensure crowds can safely disperse after the game, Swan Street will be closed to cars and trams on Grand Final Day from about 4.30pm until at least 8pm (or until Victoria Police decide it is safe to reopen).

Stewart Street closure

Stewart Street will also be closed from 4am Saturday 28 September until 7am Sunday 29 September.

Swan Street tram diversions

The no. 70 tram, which usually travels down Swan Street will be diverted down Bridge Road from 4pm on Grand Final Day.


From 6am on Saturday 28 September, no parking will be permitted in the following areas:

  • Swan Street: between Hoddle and Church streets.
  • Lennox Street: between Swan Street the end of the restricted parking zone.

Tow away zones apply from 6am Saturday 28 September until 7am Sunday 29 September. Residential parking permit bays will remain available to residents.

Parking in the area will be extremely limited and parking inspectors will be patrolling the Swan Street precinct. The best way to get to the game is on public transport.

No public drinking

Drinking alcohol in unlicensed areas on the streets of Yarra is not permitted at any time. This rule also applies to the Swan Street area on Grand Final Day.

Police are authorised to request that open alcoholic drinks be poured out. Police will be able to issue fines of $100 if people do not follow a direction to stop consuming alcohol, or seal a container of alcohol, or pour alcohol into a police-approved container, or surrender any opened container of alcohol.

Pubs and venues

Many pubs and venues on Swan Street and Bridge Road will be showing the big game.  Some venues require pre-purchased tickets or bookings, and are encouraging people to get in early.

If you’re hoping to watch the game at a pub on or around Swan Street, be sure to check the venue’s website ahead of time for booking requirements.  

Live sites

The AFL will be showing the game on big screens at Yarra Park, outside the MCG. This event is free, but is expected to be busy and it is best to arrive early. For details, visit the AFL website.

Richmond Football Club will host a live site at Punt Road Oval. This is a ticketed event. For details visit the Richmond Football Club website


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