THIS year's Brownlow Medal function is set to be a "hybrid" event held on the Sunday night after the two preliminary finals.
The AFL will make a final decision in the coming days on whether the annual count will be on the Sunday or Monday, but League boss Gillon McLachlan said the former was the likeliest option.
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Like the Grand Final, which will be at the Gabba on Saturday, October 24, the Brownlow function is going to be in Queensland.
Players, coaches and officials from the 16 clubs no longer in premiership contention will be able to attend, with the Grand Final teams "beamed in".
Only 10 teams could have gone if the event was scheduled during the bye week between the home and away season ending and the finals starting.
"It will be a sort of hybrid, virtual, actual event," McLachlan told SEN radio on Thursday.
McLachlan confirmed that 31,000 people will be at the Gabba for Grand Final day, with the vast majority of those – high 20,000s – going to members firstly, then other supporters rather than corporates.
The AFL is in the process of becoming more informed on Queensland's anti-scalping legislation and will work closely with the local government and police force.
McLachlan also said awarding the Grand Final to Queensland, over bids from South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales, had nothing to do with maintaining strong relations ahead of next season.
"The decision was made on its merits, but we need partnerships with all governments," he said.
"Certainly, if you look ahead to next year, we don't quite know what's going to happen.
"We'll hopefully stay friends with everyone all the time, but there's still uncertainty next year and hopefully we don't have it like this year, but the uncertainty is certainly not lost on us."