It’s the weekend footy fans hang out for all year, grand final time.

Tomorrow, the Swans and the Western Bulldogs do battle in the AFL.

On Sunday, the Storm faces off against the Sharks, in the NRL Premiership.

But today, 180 thousand AFL fans started their celebrations early at the grand final parade in Melbourne.

Alex Igoe reports.


The day before the AFL grand final and huge crowds gathered to cheer on the teams in the annual pre-game parade.

Western Bulldog fans outnumbered the red and white of Sydney Swan fanatics in Melbourne.

This is the Bulldog’s first grand final parade, there was no such thing in 1961 when they last made the playoff.

The teams drove through the city towards the MCG, with the Premiership Cup held-up by both captains.

Meanwhile at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium, staff are rushing to get everything ready for Sunday’s Rugby league final.

84,000 people will fill ANZ stadium Sunday night to watch Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm clash.

John Deane, Head Chef: “The grand final is the final part of our year and everything has to come together and everything has to be just right.”

The numbers are staggering, 25,000 buckets of chips, 12,000 meat pies and 120,000 thousand cups of beer.

Andreas Breitfuss, Catering Manager: “It’s one of those aspects where we’ll go over the top and have enough beer and enough food in this property to keep a small city going for a couple of days.”

If you don’t have tickets to either games by now, you’re not going, both are sold out.

Alex Igoe, QUT News.