Burning Question Rd2

Written by Schwarzwalder on March 29 2017

The season has only just begun and there haven’t been too many injuries to date (bar Nick Riewoldt).  Not too many talking points from a Supercoach stance, so we’re opening it up to a fiery issue that is doing the rounds………….should we change the Grand Final to a twilight fixture?

The AFL has been trying to change public opinion on this issue for years now.  The biggest game of the year has always been played on a Saturday afternoon at 2.30pm.  The ground is always sold-out and the entertainment is usually questionable 😉  Are they trying to attract a larger international audience?  A different spectacle?  Not really sure on the reasoning behind it all, to be honest.

Personally I’m a traditionalist in this regard, I see no reason to mess with the winning formula.  But the AFL has changed so many rulings over the years, they seem compelled to make the change here also.  Where do you stand on the issue?  Will there be a change to the GF soon?

 

What do you make of the Twilight Grand Final debate?

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  1. I’m usually a traditionalist. I’d be open to the change though, if someone could just give me one decent reason.
    The quality of the game itself is better when it’s played on a dry day, as opposed to early evening when dew can become a factor. If it ain’t broke, leave it alone!

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    1. One (decent?) reason is that the broadcasters think more people will watch if it is later in the evening thus more $ from sponsors.

      The decision has nothing to do with supporter / player preference.

      Have you ever heard anyone other than Gillon or Demetrio argue that Grand Final afternoon is not working?

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  2. Bit selfish but every year, 3 mates and myself play golf at 7:30am. Not going to tell you which course as our rules state, 12 cans in 18 holes. I would love to start the game later so that i am not being forced to drink 3 cans in 5 minutes on the 17th hole before lunch!
    I’d much rather be doing that at 3:30pm and falling asleep at 9pm rather than 6pm like last year! Hopefully that’s a good reason Chillo???

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  3. Every year the GF is played on the same Saturday as my first cricket round thus missing the GF. Would be great if its later so I could actually watch it 🙂

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  4. Pushing it back is no good for a US audience as it becomes a 2am spectacle in some parts.I think that’s probably the reason it hasn’t already moved.I’m a bit of a traditionalist myself watch the footy marathon and wake up with the smell of the GF in the air.Normally crack the first one at around 11 am and that sets the day off. I must admit there is a distinct empty feeling at the end of the broadcast, this is generally followed by long fits of depression, followed by the formguide and before I know it , it’s the Spring Carnival !!

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  5. I am happy where ever the grand final is day, night or twilight. I think that people should be open minded about it, I understand tradition but remember we only played footy during the day not because of tradition but because all grounds didn’t have the facilities to have lights. its progression, not destroying the fabric of the game.

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  6. I may be old but I can remember when the day was all about footy – Under 19’s, Reserves and the main game.
    That was a great day for the true footy fan but apparently that is not who the day is about anymore. We have to have crap entertainment for the theatre goer fans who get all the tickets that members once got and now we have to schedule the game for interstate and overseas viewers in the hope they may watch their one game for the year. Oh and the crap entertainment will look better under lights.

    The AFL know they have a captive audience in the true footy fan so the game could be played at 3am and they will still be able to spin it as a huge success

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    1. I remember those days too Champ, always under 19’s with pagan and his mob was a reason to have a beer early, where we seen the next batch of stars coming through

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  7. Although my preference as a traditionalist is for things to remain as they are, I think that if the AFL *must* move it, then it should be a full-blown primetime night game, not some crappy twilight thing.

    I may be in the minority on this, but I have always preferred night games to day games. In person, the atmosphere at a night game is electric. Whilst I don’t necessarily dislike the atmosphere of day games, the energy just isn’t the same. Likewise, when watching the game on television, I find that somehow the game just *looks* better at night.

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  8. This is completely unrelated, but here’s another burning question: why on earth did the AFL schedule the China game for round 8? If they had done it in round 11, then Port and Gold Coast could have had a normal round 12 bye.

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  9. Because the Grand Final is hard for the avg punter to get into, thus being forced to watch it on TV, I think it shld b played at night (not twilight). Big sporting events look best at night under lights on TV (no shadows into light). Most of the finals & blockbusters are played at night. & in regards to entertainment (music acts, fireworks) it’s always best at night. Time to move into the modern age, get over it, just do it!

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