Finals fever hits Yarra

Wednesday 21 September 2022

This Saturday 24 September, the AFL Grand Final will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The match will start at 2.30pm.

If you’re heading to the game, or you’re planning on tuning in at the pub with mates, Yarra is the place to celebrate the AFL Grand Final this long weekend.

To ensure everyone stays safe, there are a few things to remember to make sure your Grand Final Day is a good one: 

Road closures

There are no planned road closures of Swan Street on Grand Final Day, however Victoria Police have the ability to close Swan Street on the day if required.

Stay tuned to our social media channels for any updates. Brunton Avenue will be closed to all vehicles on Grand Final Day between 6am and 7pm. 

Drinking in public places

Alcohol is not permitted in public spaces around Swan Street from 9pm Friday 23 September until 9am Sunday 25 September. 

Map of non drinking zone along Swan Street in Richmond

This does not include outdoor dining areas at licensed venues. Alcohol can be consumed in these areas.

For more, visit: Local laws in Yarra

Getting around

With a crowd of 100,000 people expected at the MCG, we recommend planning ahead and using public transport. 

You must wear a fitted face mask covering your nose and mouth on public transport for your entire journey.

Trains: Metro Trains will be running extra services before and after the game. 

There are two train stations close to the MCG:

  • Jolimont station: Hurstbridge and Mernda lines
  • Richmond station: Alamein, Belgrave, Cranbourne, Frankston, Glen Waverley, Lilydale, Pakenham and Sandringham lines. 

Trams: There will be extra tram services around the MCG. 

Bus: Route 246 runs from Clifton Hill/Queens Parade to Elsternwick Station and stops on Punt Road near Olympic Boulevard. 

Watching the game

There are a number of venues across Yarra where the game will play on the big screen.

Public safety

With an expected crowd of 100,000 at the MCG, it’s likely there will be an increase in visitors to the surrounding area, including Swan Street. 

We ask that everyone who attends a Grand Final Day celebration in Yarra to be respectful and considerate of other people. Victoria Police and Yarra Local Laws Officers will continue to patrol the area. 

You can report any anti-social behaviour to Victoria Police on 131 444 or 000.


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