THE STAGE is set for a spectacular Toyota AFL Grand Final between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs, the teams that occupied the top two rungs of the ladder for the majority of the season. 

Fans have started arriving at Perth's Optus Stadium precinct ahead of the decider, which will be played in near-perfect spring weather. 

The Bureau of Meteorology doesn't expect any rain throughout the evening as the Demons and Bulldogs duel for the premiership in front of a capacity crowd of more than 60,000 from 5.15pm AWST (7.15pm AEST).  

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A wide view over Optus Stadium and the city of Perth ahead of the Toyota AFL Grand Final on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Picture: Dylan Burns, AFL Photos

THE PLAYERS HAVE ARRIVED

FANS SHOW THEIR PASSION

Melbourne fans outside Optus Stadium ahead of the 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final. Picture: AFL Photos
Western Bulldogs fans outside Optus Stadium ahead of the 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final. Picture: AFL Photos
Fans enjoy a bit of kick-to-kick before the 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final at Optus Stadium. Picture: AFL Photos
Demons fans outside Optus Stadium before the 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final. Picture: AFL Photos
Demons and Bulldogs fans show their support outside Optus Stadium ahead of the 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final. Picture: AFL Photos

SENDING LOVE FROM LOCKDOWN

Supporters, players and staff at both clubs have spent an unprecedented two weeks preparing for the Grand Final since their comprehensive preliminary final victories. 

But there's been no shortage of opportunity to whet the appetites of their fans. Check out some of the build-up below, including some incredible efforts from Demons and Bulldogs fans in Melbourne as they get into the Grand Final spirit despite the city's ongoing lockdown. 

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Paint the town: Fans show their true Grand Final colours

Melbourne and Western Bulldogs fans paint their houses in club colours to show their support for their Grand Final teams

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Melbourne fans outside the MCG on Saturday, September 25 2021. Picture: Getty Images
Western Bulldogs fans Venu, Belinda and Charlize in front of their home. Picture: Getty Images
Western Bulldogs fans pose for a photo in front of a mural in Footscray on Saturday, September 25. Picture: Getty Images
A Melbourne scarf hangs around the neck of a statue of Jim Stynes. Picture: Getty Images
Siblings Maggie and Matt O'Keefe jump in front of their wall mural. Picture: Getty Images
A Melbourne mural by Damian Cazaly at a house in Kew. Picture: Getty Images
Mad Dog fans Chelsea Heath and children Flynn and River. Picture: Getty Images
A giant bulldog painted on the side of Yarraville Club. Picture: Getty Images
A mural of Max Gawn at Yagan Square, Perth. Picture: AFL Photos
Loval street artists Ryan Hite and Hope_Perth painting a Bont mural in Yagan Square, Perth. Picture: AFL Photos
The Demon, Sherrin and Bulldog mascots at the Footy Place festivities. Picture: AFL Photos

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