Adelaide Oval has been named as the backup stadium to stage the AFL grand final if coronavirus cases in Queensland mean the Gabba cannot host the decider.
Adelaide has been picked as the contingency plan ahead of Perth, despite the West Australian government reportedly promising a capacity crowd of 60,000 at Optus Stadium.
The Queensland government has told the AFL they will allow the Gabba – which has around 38,000 seats – to be at 80 percent capacity for the night match on October 24.
“Under the arrangement with the Queensland government, the grand final will be played before a crowd of at least 30,000 people,” McLachlan said on Wednesday afternoon.
“We also have a contingency. In case there are COVID outbreaks that threaten the viability of safely hosting a crowd outside at the Gabba, we can reduce numbers or move the grand final to Adelaide Oval.
“I want to reiterate the presentations from the other states were outstanding and this was an extraordinarily difficult decision.
“Safety has been a focus this season and will continue to be so.”