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Charity tickets for grand final rematch

27/09/2010 11:05:40 AM Comments (0)

The AFL will give away some tickets for this week's grand final rematch to people who would "never normally get a chance" to see a grand final.

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou said the grand final rematch after Saturday's draw between St Kilda and Collingwood was an opportunity to "put back into the community".

He said since Saturday he had been inundated with charities and the AFL would be discussing at a 10am (AEST) Monday meeting what charities it will support through the rematch.

"What we will be doing is providing some tickets for people who would never get a chance to see a grand final," Mr Demetriou told Fairfax Radio.

"Which we will announce later this week, but people who we think shouldn't pay anything, people who (we can) just give them a special moment."

Mr Demetriou said he did not know if this week's grand final rematch would sell out, because it was a tall order to ask people to spend their money again on grand final seats.

"I think we will have some tickets spare, and even if there's not we'll make some available to make sure that people who would never get a chance to see it, a certain number will get a chance to see it."

He said the AFL was yet to determine how much of a windfall the rematch would bring and that St Kilda and Collingwood clubs and players would be compensated for putting on an extra match and for club events they had cancelled as a result of the draw.

But he said there would be a substantial amount coming back to the AFL.

"For us as a non-profit organisation it allows us to redirect that back into the things that we love dearly, which is things like facilities, our grass roots program, development programs."

He said the AFL was trying to secure a "large act" to put on a concert before the game, in place of the usual pre-match and half-time entertainment.

"In fairness to people who are buying a ticket this week, $270, we won't be having a motorcade and all the other sorts of things, so we are thinking of putting on a small concert with a very large act, maybe half an hour or 45 minutes, we're scouring around to see who's available."

Mr Demetriou also said he would be happy to tell the AFL board not to include the crowd at next week's game when determining his attendance-tied bonus for the year.

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