THE 2017 AFL Grand Final will start at 2.30pm AEST on Saturday, September 30 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 

Adelaide, which finished first on the ladder at the end of the home and away season, will square off against Richmond in this year's decider. 

It will be the Crows' first Grand Final appearance since they won the 1998 premiership, while the Tigers will appear in the AFL's showpiece game for the first time since 1982. 

Richmond has not won the flag since 1980 and will be looking to end a 37-year drought on Saturday.

Experienced whistleblowers confirmed for Grand Final

Starting times for those watching around the world

United Kingdom: 5.30am, Saturday
Europe: 6.30am, Saturday (western); 7.30am, Saturday (eastern)
USA: 9.30pm, Friday (west coast); 12.30am, Saturday (east coast)
Dubai: 8.30am, Saturday
New Zealand: 5.30pm, Saturday
Thailand: 11.30am, Saturday
Japan: 1.30pm, Saturday
Bali: 12.30pm, Saturday

Overseas? Grab your Watch AFL Global Pass here or find a party in your region of the world here.

Who is performing at the Grand Final?

International stars The Killers will be the key musical act of the Virgin Australia pre-game show, with Dami Im to perform the national anthem. Mike Brady will again feature at the Grand Final to perform Up There Cazaly.

The Killers will also perform at the Virgin Australia Premiership Party, a free concert after the game, with access available after 6pm AEST.

Some of the Las Vegas group's biggest hits include Mr Brightside and Somebody Told Me.  

How Grand Final day will unfold at the MCG

8am: Melbourne Cricket Club gates open

9.30am: General public gates open

10am: NAB AFL All Stars Under-18s game

1.33pm: Welcome to Country by Uncle Bill Nicholson

1.34pm: Retiring greats and award winners motorcade.

1.43pm: The Killers perform

2.08pm: Mike Brady performs Up There Cazaly

2.11pm: Umpires Matt Stevic, Simon Meredith and Shaun Ryan enter ground

2.13pm: Richmond enter the arena

2.16pm: Adelaide enter the arena

2.25pm: Delivery of the premiership cup by VFL/AFL games record holder and North Melbourne great Brent Harvey

2.26pm: National anthem performed by Dami Im

2.30pm: Toyota AFL Grand Final begins


  • NAB AFL Auskick
  • Final of the Gatorade Grand Final Sprint
  • Dami Im performs

5.15pm: Final siren, followed by the presentation of the Norm Smith Medal (to be presented by James Hird), the Jock McHale Medal (to be presented by Mick Malthouse), premiership medallions (to be presented by NAB AFL Auskick participants) and the premiership cup (to be presented by Mark Bickley and Matthew Richardson)

6.15pm: Virgin Australia Premiership Party – free concert

6.25pm: The Killers perform

7.30pm: Presentation of the premiership team with the premiership cup 

Follow Grand Final day on and the AFL Live App

- Watch the big game on the AFL Live App
- Live coverage throughout the day including full match centre with all the stats and video highights
- Live vision of the Under-18 All Star game at the MCG from 10am AEST
- The latest weather information straight from the Bureau of Meteorology, with a maximum top of 17 degrees expected
- Latest pictures from our team of photographers
- All the news from the game including comprehensive match report, player ratings and in-depth interviews with players and coaches.

Track every Grand Final play on the AFL Live App

The AFL Live App is giving Telstra customers a world first digital sport experience for the AFL Grand Final with 2D Live Player tracking.

2D Live Player Tracking allows Telstra customers to watch an exclusive live stream showing every player's position and movement around the ground via GPS tracking.

The GPS data is displayed as a 'birds eye' live stream in the app, running slightly behind the live broadcast so fans can recap how the action unfolded and which players were involved.

Every Telstra mobile customer can access this exclusive experience in the AFL Live App by activating their free Live Pass.

Grand Final week activities


Brownlow Medal count
Crown Palladium, Melbourne
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AFL Coaches' Association awards
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12-5pm: Footy Festival/Toyota AFL Grand Final Live Site
Yarra Park, MCG
Entry is free


10am-7pm: Foxtel Footy Festival/Toyota AFL Grand Final Live Site
Yarra Park, MCG


10am-7pm: Foxtel Footy Festival/Toyota AFL Grand Final Live Site
Yarra Park, MCG

A feature of Friday is the Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade, starting at noon at the Old Treasury Building in Spring Street and finishing at the Toyota AFL Grand Final Live Site about 1pm.

1.30pm: NAB All Stars under-17 match featuring the best under-age draft prospects from across the country at Simonds Stadium, Geelong.