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    AFL Grand Final - Sydney v Hawthorn

    Sep 27, 2014

    Event: AFL Grand Final
    Teams: Sydney v Hawthorn
    Date: Saturday September 27
    Start time: 2.30pm

    Gate opening:
    Public: 9.30am
    AFL members: 9.30am
    MCC members: 8.00am

    Expected attendance: 99,000

    Curtain-raiser:
    Australia Under 17 v Allies Under 18 (10.00am start)

    MCG seating plan

    Car park opening:
    Gate 3 - 5.00am
    Gate 5 - 8.00am
    Gate 6 - 11.00am
    Gate 7 - 4.00am (pass holders only)

    Cheer squad allocations:
    Sydney Swans - Bay M3
    Hawthorn – Bay M33

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    RUNNING SHEET

    8.00am   MCC member gates open
    9.30am   Public and AFL member gates open
    10.00am Curtain Raiser – Australian U17s v Allies U18s
    12.30pm  Sprint heats – northern side wing
    1.10pm  Preliminary team warm up opportunity
    1.30pm  Retiring Players Motorcade
    1.36pm  Tom Jones and Ed Sheeran
    2.02pm  Mike Brady Performance 
    2.12pm  Umpires enter arena on cue / Delivery of match footballs to umpires
    2.14pm  Hawthorn enters arena on cue/team photo
    2.17pm  Sydney Swans enter arena on cue/team photo
    2.25pm  Premiership cup arrival – announcement of Premiership cup presenters (team line up)
    2.26pm  National Anthem
    2.28pm  Toss of Coin
    2.30pm  AFL Grand Final Commences
    3.40pm (approx)  Half-time (25 minutes) – Auskick and Grand Final Sprint
    5.20pm (approx)  Post-match presentation/team photo
    7.30pm  Post-match Premiership Party – Premiers presented on stage to fans at MCG