Michael Voss with the 2003 premiership cup
TRIPLE-PREMIERSHIP captain Michael Voss doesn’t only support a twilight Grand Final timeslot – he’d like to see the biggest day on the AFL calendar moved across the country.
While debate continues to rage on the subject of the Grand Final start time, Voss – the former Brisbane champion who led the Lions to three straight flags in 2001-2003 – went a step further.
It doesn’t matter where it be played, people would go to it – Michael Voss on the Grand Final
“I sit in the basket where the Grand Final should be played in different states every year and states should bid for the Grand Final,” Voss, now Port Adelaide’s senior assistant coach, said on Thursday.
“It would improve the infrastructure of our game throughout the country.
“I only see massive positives on being able to do that.
“So, if you’re asking me whether we should change the timeslot, I think I’d be OK with that.”
Moving the Grand Final away from the MCG won’t happen anytime soon after the AFL signed a new deal until the end of 2057 with the Victorian Government in April last year.
“The Grand Final has gone beyond just whether it’s an AFL game, it’s an event,” Voss said.
“It doesn’t matter where it be played, people would go to it.
“We have a fantastic venue clearly with the MCG, but if we can increase that spectacle and … I guess being north of the border, I’ve seen the NRL move their timeslot.
“I think it’s a great spectacle.
“There’s wonderful opportunities there and if we can make it better, why wouldn’t we look at it.”
The NRL adopted a night-time Grand Final in 2001, starting at 8pm, before moving to the start time to 7pm from 2002-07.
It was then moved to a twilight 5pm timeslot for five years from 2008-12, before reverting back to a 7pm start time in 2013.