The following is the time line for the the Grand Final day events including key times for match and TV related activities. All times are listed first in Australian AEST and then in US EDT. This is based on information from the AFL, AFANA, press reports and past history. :This story will be periodically updated with late information.
Time AEST/US EDT Event
11:40 AM / 9:40 PM Gillette AFL Grand Final Sprint heats
12:10 AM / 10:10 PM AIS Academy Squad / TAC Cup presentation and photo
12:55 PM / 10:55 PM Delivery of match footballs to Umpires
1.00 PM / 11:00 PM On-field pre-match set up
1.10 PM – 1.25 PM / 11:10 PM – 11:25 PM Preliminary on-field warm-up opportunity for competing clubs
1:25 PM / 11:25 PM Stage and sound set in centre square
1:30 PM -- 2:00 PM / 11:30 PM --12:00 MN Pre-match entertainment featuring INXS. Welcome to country by Wurundjeri elder Joy Murphy Wandin.
1:30 PM / 11:30 PM International TV feed begins including coverage on ESPN Classic, TSN2, and ESPN3.com. The host broadcaster is Channel 7 and the announcers will be lead by Bruce McAvaney and Dennis Cometti.
1:31 PM / 11:31 PM Team highlights on screen and on banners
1:35 PM / 11:35 PM INXS performs.
1:46 PM / 11:46 PM Legends, retiring players, medallists, and greats introduced (time approximate)
1:51 PM / 11:51 PM Performance of team songs by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
2.00 PM / 12:00 MN Pre-match entertainment concludes
2:00 PM – 2:08 PM / 12:00 MN – 12:08 AM Arena cleared and reset
2:08 PM / 12:08 AM TBA
2:10 PM / 12:10 AM Qantas A380 fly-over
2:12 PM / 12:12 AM Cheer squads and banners set
2.15 PM / 12:15 AM Umpires enter the arena on cue (Brett Rosebury, Ray Chamberlain, and Shaun Ryan)
2.16 PM / 12:16 AM St Kilda enters the arena on cue / team photo
2.19 PM / 12:19 AM Collingwood enters the arena on cue / team photo
2.27 PM / 12:27 AM Australian National Anthem ("Advance Australia Fair") sung by Cameron and Taylor Henderson
2.28 PM / 12:28 AM Two sirens sound and Toss of Coin
2.30 PM / 12:30 AM 2010 Toyota AFL Grand Final commences
3:00 PM / 1:00 AM Coverage on ESPN2 begins, all other coverage continues.
3.40 PM / 1:40 AM approx Half-time (22 mins) – Gillette AFL Grand Final Sprint; NAB AFL Auskick kids perform; Gillette promotion
5:15 PM / 3:15 AM approx End of match; AFL Grand Final presentations
Peter Matera (1992 Norm Smith medalist) presents Norm Smith Medal to Best on Ground player; David Parkin presents Jock McHale medal to winning coach
Runners-up team captain to dais; Norm Smith Medallist to dais; Winning team captain to dais, Premiership medallions presented by NAB AFL Auskick competitors. Premiership Cup presented by either Kevin Neale (if St Kilda) or Peter McKenna (if Collingwood) to winning team; and team photo.
5:30 PM / 3:30 AM Coverage on TSN2 concludes, ESPN continues
6:00 PM / 4:00 AM Post match events and television coverage concludes including on ESPN Classic, ESPN2, ESPN3, and TSN2.
6:00 PM / 4:00 AM After Match Concert begins at Federation Square featuring McKenna, INXS
6:10 PM / 4:10 AM Media Conference - Runners Up
6:25 PM / 4:25 AM Media Conference - Premiers
7:30 PM / 5:30 AM Premiers depart MCG for presentation at Federation Square (if St Kilda) or Sidney Myer Music Bowl (if Collingwood; a few Collingwood players make brief appearance at Federation Square)
8:00 PM / 6:00 AM Presentation of Winning Team at Federation Square or Myer Music Bowl
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES, RETIRING GREATS, MEDALLISTS, and AWARDS
Hall of Fame
Mathew James – Umpire
Scott McLaren – Umpire
Article last changed on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 8:36 PM EDT