Melbourne Demons fans will be able to experience the footy finals on one of the biggest and best screens in town as Federation Square is converted in to a live viewing site for Saturday’s game against the West Coast Eagles.
The recently unveiled Digital Facade screen will show the AFL preliminary final on Saturday afternoon with a big crowd expected.
The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging footy fans who can’t make it to Perth to visit Fed Square this weekend to watch one of the most anticipated games in the recent history of the Melbourne Football Club.
The Collingwood versus Richmond preliminary final will also be screened at Margaret Court Arena on Friday evening, with up to 5,000 people allowed inside to enjoy the action.
The Labor Government has warned fans planning to attend Friday night’s blockbuster to take care when buying a second-hand ticket to this year’s AFL finals series.
The Labor Government has officially declared the 2018 AFL Finals Series (Victorian games only) as a major event to crack down on ticket scalping at one of Melbourne’s most iconic international sporting events.
Under the Major Events Act 2009, tickets to a declared major event cannot be advertised for resale or resold for more than 10 per cent above the original value.
New authorised ticketing officers are helping Victoria Police enforce the new laws. Penalties can range from $806 to $483,500 depending on the nature of the offences with more than 65 individuals already being investigated.
Federation Square is an alcohol-free space and parking will be available at weekend rates.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren
“For those that can’t make it to Perth, we’ll have Federation Square set up as a family-friendly live site showing the game on the biggest screen in town.”
“We’re putting fans first. Whether its clamping down on ticket scalpers or setting up live sites to watch the games, we want to give footy fans the best experience possible.”
Quotes attributable to Melbourne Football Club CEO Peter Jackson
“We understand that not all supporters can travel to Perth for the game, so it’s great to be partnering with an icon of the city, Federation Square, where our supporters can come together and cheer on the team.”
“We urge our supporters to get behind the team, experience the atmosphere at Fed Square, and enjoy what’s going to be an extremely exciting afternoon of footy.”
Quote attributable to Federation Square CEO Jonathan Tribe
“It will be a wonderful day here on Saturday and we look forward to switching on the footy and showing off Melbourne’s new big screen to thousands of footy fans.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020