Victoria’s AFL Grand Final public holiday will this year be named ‘Thank You Day’ to show gratitude to Victorians for making sacrifices to help contain the spread of coronavirus as the footy game is moved interstate.

The name change comes as AFL CEO Gill McLachlan today confirmed Queensland would host the Grand Final for the first time ever, at the Gabba in Brisbane on Saturday, October 24.

Victorians will still be able to enjoy their annual public holiday on Friday, October 23.

“Confirmation of the Grand Final date also means that the Government can lock in the popular AFL Grand Final eve public holiday for Friday, 23 October,” the Victorian government said.

“A ‘Thank You Day’ for Victorians who have made so many sacrifices as part of the community effort to contain the spread of coronavirus.”

Small Business Minister Jaala Pulford said the ‘Thank You Day’ was well-deserved for all Victorians.

“Grand Final eve is a special day on the Victorian calendar and while it falls on a different day this year, this is a very real way of saying thank-you to everyone who has worked so hard to fight the pandemic,” she said.

“Confirming the public holiday also provides certainty for businesses so that they can make necessary plans.”

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