For commuters, there’s a silver lining to the AFLW grand final being played on the Gold Coast.
There’s been plenty of disappointment about the fact that the Brisbane Lions Women’s Team will have to play their AFLW grand final at Metricon Stadium on Saturday, despite earning the right to host it at home.
The Gold Coast stadium was awarded the right to host the big game after a dispute about the condition of the grounds at the Gabba following Adele’s concerts there earlier this month.
On the plus side, TransLink has just announced that trains, buses and ferries will be free across the whole south-east Queensland network this Saturday to help fans get to the game.
It’s not uncommon for ticket-holders attending major events to be granted free access to public transport, but it is unusual for the courtesy to be extended to everyone, whether or not they’re going anywhere near the match.
The situation arose because the game at Metricon Stadium is free to attend, and no tickets are required, making it impossible to determine if commuters are actually going to the game.
From the first service on Saturday 25 March to the last service of the day, free travel will be offered across the entire TransLink SEQ network (including the Airtrain).
During that period, you won’t need to touch on or off with your Go Card or purchase a paper ticket.
If you do touch on or off by accident, just call TransLink’s contact centre on 13 12 30 for a fare adjustment.
The AFLW grand final between the Brisbane Lions and the Adelaide Crows will be played at Metricon Stadium on Saturday 25 March at 12:55pm. Gates will open at 11:30am. Entry is free and no tickets are required. The stadium will be cleared out before the ticketed men’s Gold Coast Suns v Brisbane Lions clash at 7pm.