Here’s the first-ever official schedule for the Melbourne Cup final on Thursday night, the first of the two-day competition.
The first half-time crowd of 5,000 has already been allocated to the ground and the second half of the event will take place in the city’s CBD.
Melbourne Cup 2016 (ABC News) The event will be held at a stadium on the outskirts of Melbourne’s CBD, which will be home to the state’s largest sporting event, the AFL grand final.
It will be a huge draw for the crowds who have travelled to the city to watch the two finals of the AFL.
In the final, a clash between Melbourne’s leading clubs will take centre stage and the city is expected to be the largest sporting city in Australia.
The competition is a multi-media event, with fans travelling to the venues in person to watch matches on television.
AFL grand final: Round 1 (Friday, April 15, 8.30pm AEST) Adelaide v Brisbane Lions (FOX SPORTS) Adelaide’s win is the first for the Brisbane Lions and it is their second straight grand final appearance, following the 2006 and 2011 finals respectively.
The Lions are the reigning premiers and have been victorious in the finals five times, including in 2010 and 2016.
The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports.
The Adelaide-Brisbane rivalry will be one of the biggest in recent memory.
Brisco Lions v Western Bulldogs (FOX Sports) The Brisbane-Woolworths clash is a clash of clubs who have played each other for the past 15 years.
Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge was sacked last month after the club lost to Collingwood in the last 16 of the 2016 Grand Final.
Woolie is hoping to bounce back from his worst season in recent years and he is hopeful of a comeback for the Bulldogs in the grand final after losing to Collin.
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Melbourne Cup 2016 is the biggest event in the country and is set to attract tens of thousands of people from across the country.
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More events to come:The Grand Final is the second-highest-grossing sporting event in Australia and is broadcast on FOX SPORTS.
The finals are expected to attract a record crowd and draw an estimated 6.5 million people to the capital city.
Melbourne’s second major sporting event will not be the only one taking place in Melbourne.
The city will also host the AFL Grand Final on Sunday, May 1 at ANZ Stadium.
This will be the first AFL grand finals game to be played in Australia after the AFL returned to Melbourne from overseas.