AFL Grand Final Entertainment And Staffing Concerns Revealed
he AFL has announced the entertainment line-up for the 2021 Grand Final in Perth, while Optus Stadium have put out an urgent call for more staff at the event.
The AFL revealed the Grand Final entertainment will be made up of all-Australian talent, with the half-time show to be led by Perth band, Birds of Tokyo, together with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
The AFL also announced the pre-match show will include a number of Western Australian artists such as John Butler, Eskimo Joe, Abbe May, Stella Donnelly, Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, Donna Simpson and Vikki Thorn, along with Australian artists Colin Hay and Baker Boy.
AFL executive general manager customer and commercial, Kylie Rogers, said the hosting of the first AFL Grand Final in Perth was a great opportunity to showcase Western Australia’s musical talent.
“After the success of a local all-Australian line-up at last year’s Grand Final in Queensland, we know there is incredible support to bring together home-grown talent again this year,” Rogers said.
“The 2021 Telstra AFL pre-match and half-time shows will celebrate Australian anthems and showcase a host of Western Australia music talent who are all incredibly excited to play in front of a full-house on home soil.
“This year’s line-up features artists spanning across multiple generations, so we’re confident there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
“I’d like to thank our longstanding partner Telstra for their support in bringing the 2021 Telstra AFL pre-match and half-time shows to life which highlights their ongoing commitment to connecting Australians and their long-term support for Australian sport and the arts,” she said.
After the 2021 AFL Grand Final sold out, becoming Ticketmaster Australia’s busiest sale queue in its history, Optus Stadium chief executive, Mike McKenna, has said the stadium is still working to secure an extra 600 staff members for the event.
“We’re getting close to where we need to be for Grand Final day,” McKenna said.
“We’ve probably got a few hundred shifts left.
“Mainly people who have got experiences as chefs or cooks… and also people who have experience in serving and function rooms…
“This is reflective of the nature of the event, gates will be open longer and there will be more pre-and post-match entertainment and activations to be involved in,” he said.
McKenna confirmed the stadium would need about 2,500 staff members for the event and currently has secured over 18,000.
Discussing the amount of goods required to host the event, McKenna claimed the stadium will sell 1,500 kegs of beer, 15,000 hot chips, 8,000 pies and sausage rolls, and two-and-a-half tonnes of beef on Saturday.