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AFL grand final 2022: First fan to arrive posts photo of empty MCG Geelong Cats Sydney Swans

Pretty short queue for a beer and cake: A die-hard AFL fan posted this photo of a mostly empty MCG when he found his seat six hours before kickoff.

First fan in the AFL grand final? Staunch Footy posts a photo of the sight of him in a mostly empty MCG as he takes his seat SIX HOURS before kickoff

  • Die-hard soccer fan posted a photo as he took a seat at 8:30am on Saturday morning
  • Kangaroos supporter arrived early to celebrate the return of the big game to Melbourne
  • Soon after, huge queues had formed outside the MCG.

An extremely enthusiastic football fan who doesn’t even support either team in this year’s AFL grand final has taken a seat at Melbourne Cricket Ground while millions of Swans and Cats fans are still sound asleep.

Twitter user tmmisson posted a photo sitting in a mostly deserted MCG just after 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, when the only people to be seen in the famous stadium were the ground crew.

He captioned the post: ‘I’m in. I don’t care who wins. I guess if they push me, I’ll support John Longmire. I jumped wanting to celebrate that our city is back.

Judging from his profile picture, tmmisson is a North Melbourne supporter, which would explain his fondness for Sydney manager Longmire, who played a prominent role in helping the Kangaroos win two premierships, having played 200 games. for the club between 1988 and 1999.

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His reference to the recovery of the city of Melbourne refers to the Victorian capital losing the grand final to Brisbane in 2020 and Perth last year when Covid restrictions wreaked havoc on the schedule for the biggest game of the year.

Pretty short queue for a beer and cake: A die-hard AFL fan posted this photo of a mostly empty MCG when he found his seat six hours before kickoff.

Pretty short queue for a beer and cake: A die-hard AFL fan posted this photo of a mostly empty MCG when he found his seat six hours before kickoff.

Footy fans have reacted by packing the game with a crowd of 100,000 expected for the clash.

Long lines had formed outside the MCG by 9:30 a.m., with thousands of fans filling the floor, funneled out the doors in rows divided by metal fences.

You can look forward to pre-game entertainment from music superstar Robbie Williams and Mike Brady, with Katie Noonan singing the national anthem.

Shortly after he posted the photo, long lines were seen outside the MCG, which was sold out with 100,000 fans expected to fill the famous stadium.

Shortly after he posted the photo, long lines were seen outside the MCG, which was sold out with 100,000 fans expected to fill the famous stadium.

Melbourne is hosting the biggest game of the season for the first time in two years, with the decider going to Brisbane in 2020 and Perth in 2021 due to Covid restrictions, and fans were keen to make up for lost time outside the stadium early. on Saturday (pictured)

Melbourne is hosting the biggest game of the season for the first time in two years, with the decider going to Brisbane in 2020 and Perth in 2021 due to Covid restrictions, and fans were keen to make up for lost time outside the stadium early. on Saturday (pictured)

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Melbourne welcomed the final game of the season to its spiritual home by making a big change in this year’s grand finale parade, and it didn’t go over well with fans.

Instead of players waving to fans from the backs of open-topped cars in the city centre, the Swans and Cats stars were whisked up the Yarra River in boats before disembarking and waving near the MCG.

Fans criticized the move as the “biggest flop ever”, complaining that they couldn’t get up close and personal with their heroes.

‘The key component of the AFL Grand Final Parade is for fans to get up close and personal with the players. The idea of ​​requiring binoculars to find your hero on a riverbank is not ideal,” wrote Adam White.

In the AFL's grand final parade, the stars were carried up the Yarra River for the first time on Friday, and fans weren't happy about the change.

In the AFL’s grand final parade, the stars were carried up the Yarra River for the first time on Friday, and fans weren’t happy about the change.

A Twitter user named Milly wrote: ‘So bad. The boats turned around long before anyone else in this photo who waited for hours in their ‘viewing areas’.

3AW Radio’s Tony Jones was scathing, calling the new parade a ‘disaster’ and saying, ‘I’d put this in the same category as Meat Loaf, AFLX and the Batmobile…in 10 years we’ll be looking at pictures of this and using it as a punchline. ‘

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Fans were freaked out earlier in the week when false reports claimed that meat pies would not be available at the MCG for the grand finale.

The drama began on Monday when a social media post began to circulate declaring there would be “no cakes” at the biggest game of the year and fans jumped to the wrong conclusion.

A caller to Melbourne radio station 3AW added fuel to the fire when he said: “All sponsors attending the 2022 AFL grand final will be required to bring a packed lunch, it has just been confirmed that there will be no cakes at this year’s grand finale. .’

But Melbourne Cricket Club chief executive Stuart Fox assured supporters that their favorite football food would be front and centre.

“Sadly for their fans, the Collingwood MagPIES will not be in action on Saturday, but I want to assure all fans attending the AFL Grand Final that there will be hot cakes from Four N’ Twenty, and plenty of them,” Fox said. .

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