AFL confirms Queen’s Birthday fixture change

The AFL’s annual Queen’s Birthday match-up between Melbourne and Collingwood has officially been moved out of Melbourne to the SCG due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The match has become known for its ‘Big Freeze’ pre-game event, which raises money for motor neurone disease, and the Big Freeze slide will remain at the MCG despite the match being moved.

Despite the venue of the match being changed, the time slot remains Monday, June 14 at 3:20 pm AEST.

“Out of adversity come some silver linings and this is a great opportunity for not only the AFL to showcase a marquee game into the Sydney market, but for FightMND to further shine a light on Neale Daniher’s inspirational fight against motor neurone disease,” AFL Executive General Manager Clubs and Broadcasting Travis Auld said in a statement.  

“On behalf of the AFL, I would like to thank both Melbourne and Collingwood, the NSW Government for welcoming us to Sydney, Bec Daniher and the FightMND organisation and our broadcast partner Channel 7.  

“To all the footy fans in Victoria, we will continue to work closely with the Victorian Government on when we can get matches back in front of you in the coming rounds.”

“The Big Freeze is an incredibly important match on the football calendar and a crucial element in the fight against the beast that is MND,” Melbourne CEO Gary Pert said in a statement.

“One of the elements that makes the game such a blockbuster is the crowd that it draws each year, so it was important that we explored all options to ensure that energy around the game continued.

“We are pleased that by moving the game to the SCG people will have the opportunity to experience the Big Freeze match and hopefully our interstate members and fans can get along to support us.”

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