Channel 7 is roasted for embarrassing blunder ahead of the Grand Final as thousands of eager fans arrive at Optus Stadium in Perth
Thousands of footy die-hards have arrived at Optus Stadium for the first ever AFL grand final to be played in Perth.
The Western Australian capital has been blanketed in a sea of blue, red and white ahead of the end of season showdown between Melbourne Demons and Western Bulldogs.
Fans have shown their true colours as they make their way to Optus Stadium, which will be packed with a sell-out crowd of 60,000 by the first bounce at 7.15pm AEST.
Players from both clubs have also arrived at the ground for their last minute preparations.
Meanwhile, eagled-eyed viewers have mercifully mocked broadcaster Channel Seven over an email blunder accidentally called the Demons Melbourne Storm, the city’s club in the rival NRL code.
The Storm are also in action on Saturday night in their NRL preliminary final against Penrith Panthers.
‘Oops. Hey does Melbourne Storm know they’re in the AFL grand final? I know you guys are *good*,’ one fan tweeted.
Another fan quipped ‘I thought it was going to be a tight #AFLGF but I think the Bulldogs’ AFL experience will be too much for the Storm to overcome.
Channel Seven has been mercifully mocked over this embarrassing blunder calling the Demons Melbourne Storm
It’s the second time in history the AFL grand final has been played outside of Melbourne due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The code has also been rocked by the sudden death of AFL legend Greg Parke, who played for both grand final sides.
The Demons go into the grand final as red hot favourites, priced at $1.62 by Sportsbet.
AFL boss Gil McLachlan is delighted with how Perth has rallied around the grand final.
‘There’s a huge energy and demand that I took for granted,’ McLachlan told 6PR radio on Friday.
‘What’s struck me is how appreciative West Australians are. There’s a respect and an empathy for the loss the Victorians are feeling.
‘We might have a silver lining for West Australians, where there’ll be more big games coming to this town.
‘I’m confident about that. We know this is a football town.’