AFL digs up a slab of turf at the MCG to have it shipped to Queensland for the Grand Final

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‘The most Melbourne thing I’ve heard’: Fans slam the AFL for digging up slab of turf from the MCG to have it shipped to Queensland for the Grand Final

  • A piece the MCG will be removed and transported to Queensland for grand final
  • The move is to ensure the home of the match remains a part football calendar
  • Many fans have slammed it as ‘pathetic’ and even a ‘crazy waste of more money’ 

The AFL has dug up a slab of turf at MCG to have it transported to Queensland for the Grand Final. 

The move is to ensure the traditional home of the match remains a part football calendar.

But fans have slammed it as ‘pathetic’ and a ‘crazy waste of more money’.

The AFL has dug up a slab of turf at MCG to have it transported to Queensland for the grand final

The AFL has dug up a slab of turf at MCG to have it transported to Queensland for the grand final

The move is to ensure the traditional home of the match remains a part football calendar

The move is to ensure the traditional home of the match remains a part football calendar

The move is to ensure the traditional home of the match remains a part football calendar

Grounds staff removed a section of the MCG goalsquare this week, it will be replanted at the Gabba in Brisbane on Monday.

A special refrigerated truck will be used to transport the special bit of turf, measuring 3m by 1m, across the country.

Grass curators, transport experts and horticulturalists have been involved in the extraordinary process, 7news reported.

‘As we’re moving plant material from one climate to another, we needed to ensure the turf extraction was done in a delicate way not to damage or cause stress to the roots to ensure it survived its long journey to The Gabba,’ MCG Executive Manager of Turf Michael Salvatore said.

‘Temperature controlled transportation will ensure our hallowed turf will be ready for Brisbane’s climate ahead of the AFL Grand Final.’

Many AFL fans have called out the organisers for the bizarre move.

‘Why??? Crazy waste of more money! The Grand Final belongs at the MCG and will continue their next year,’ one person wrote. 

Grounds staff removed a section of the MCG goalsquare this week, it will be replanted at the Gabba in Brisbane on Monday

Grounds staff removed a section of the MCG goalsquare this week, it will be replanted at the Gabba in Brisbane on Monday

 Grounds staff removed a section of the MCG goalsquare this week, it will be replanted at the Gabba in Brisbane on Monday

Many AFL fans have called out the organisers for the bizarre move. 'Why??? Crazy waste of more money! The Grand Final belongs at the MCG and will continue their next year,' one person wrote

Many AFL fans have called out the organisers for the bizarre move. 'Why??? Crazy waste of more money! The Grand Final belongs at the MCG and will continue their next year,' one person wrote

Many AFL fans have called out the organisers for the bizarre move. ‘Why??? Crazy waste of more money! The Grand Final belongs at the MCG and will continue their next year,’ one person wrote

‘The slab of turf being taken from the MCG to the Gabba is the most Melbourne thing I’ve ever heard,’ said a fan.

‘Staff cuts, list cuts, revenue down, profit down. Long term this will flow on to Auskick, amateurs and state footy. But let’s ship up turf from the MCG. The AFL is pathetic,’ wrote another.

‘Imagine losing your job at the AFL cos they’ve got no money and then watching the clowns ship a bit of turf across the county,’ another fan wrote.

This is the first time in 29 years the MCG isn’t hosting the AFL Grand Final.

Victoria has been devoid of live sport during a winter of COVID-19 discontent, with most AFL teams forced to escape to Queensland to keep the 2020 season alive. 

Brisbane was granted hosting rights to the Grand Final as a reward. 



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