afl grand final accommodation

Regardless if you’ve called Melbourne home for years or simply passing through for a few days, you can’t overlook that unmissable thrill in the air that occurs around this time every year.

That thrill is prompted only by these three words: AFL Grand Final.

Yep, Finals Fever has once again hit Melbourne as we gear up for a historic AFL Grand Final this Saturday.



2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final 

  • Saturday, 30th September 2017 at the MCG
  • Richmond Tigers vs. Adelaide Crows
  • First bounce is at 2:30pm


The road to the Grand Final

Tigers fans, rejoice! It’s the first time the Tigers have been in the Grand Final since 1982.

Crows fans have been waiting too, albeit not as long: their last Grand Final appearance was in 1998 (where they beat North Melbourne). The minor premiers had a stellar season, finishing with 15 wins and just 6 losses (plus a draw). They blitzed their way into finals beating Greater Western Sydney (GWS) in week one then steamrolling Geelong last week by 61 points.

With their formidable season behind them, they look poised to take out AFL’s highest honour, but the Tiger Army is coming! With the entire city of Melbourne behind them, and a game at one of their favourite grounds, the odds really are unwritten!

The Tigers, too, impressed us during the finals, beating Geelong by 51 points followed by a 33-point win over GWS.


Grand Final Parade

Supported by the City of Melbourne, the annual Grand Final Parade has cemented itself as an integral part of the AFL Grand Final.

Held the day before the Grand Final, it’s now even become a Public Holiday across Victoria!

The Grand Final Parade is the perfect opportunity for people of all ages to get up close to their favourite past and present footy players, cheer on their team, and absorb final fever.

Catch a glimpse of both Adelaide and Tigers players along the cavalcade of Toyotas as they make their way from the Old Treasury Building to the Live Site at Yarra Park for the Presentation Ceremony.


Grand Final Day

Melbourne’s favourite day of the year is finally here! Don’t miss a minute of the action, wherever you are! The first bounce is at 2:30pm, but coverage and entertainment begins much earlier in the day.

Urban Central’s Bar 334

Heading to the game? Lucky you! Be sure to get there early to catch some pre-game entertainment and enjoy a drink in one of the ‘G’s many bars. 

If not, make sure you stick around at Urban Central’s Bar 334 to catch all the action on the big screen! We’ll be broadcasting the entire day’s festivities from AM to PM.

US rockers The Killers headline the pre-game entertainment this year, while Australia’s sweetheart Dami Im will sing the National Anthem and Mike Brady will perform his classic, Up There Cazaly.

Who will win?

The most important question of all! By around 5pm on Saturday evening, we will have an answer.

An Adelaide win would be the cherry on top of a stunning season, but with the entire city behind them, can Richmond win its first premiership in more than three decades? You can almost already hear how deafening the “YELLOW AND BLACK” will be if they do!

Who are you barracking for?


Post-finals accommodation

Soak up the atmosphere of AFL finals by making a (long) weekend out of it! That extra day off is the perfect opportunity to turn Grand Final Day into an exhilarating event over a few nights.

Why not book a room with us here at Urban Central, right in the midst of all things footy-related this weekend?

Located just moments from Melbourne’s best and most reliable public transport, Urban Central is in the hub of all things Melbourne and footy! View our cheap accommodation here and book online now!