Footy fans have been alarmed by a false report that there will be no meat pies for Saturday’s AFL Grand Final at the MCG – before on-site organizers calm their minds with a humorous reply.
The drama began on Monday when a social media post circulated declaring there would be “no cakes” at the biggest game of the year, leading fans to the wrong conclusion.
A caller to Melbourne radio station 3AW added fuel to the fire when he said: “All guests attending the 2022 AFL Grand Final must bring a packed lunch. It has just been confirmed that there will be no cakes at the grand finale this year.’
The claims were completely false and Melbourne Cricket Club were quick to confirm meat pies will be available after fans called to voice their concerns.
MCC chief executive Stuart Fox explained the situation with humor in a statement that may leave fans of one of the league’s biggest teams a little unfazed.
“Unfortunately for their supporters, the Collingwood MagPIES will not be in action on Saturday, but I want to reassure all fans attending the AFL Grand Finals that there will be some hot Four N’ Twenty Pies – and lots of them,” said Fox.
The biggest game of the year returns to the MCG for the first time since 2019 after being played at Brisbane’s Gabba ground in 2020 and Perth Stadium last year due to Covid restrictions.
It’s also a return to the traditional afternoon kick-off time of 2.30pm after the 2020 decider was played at night and last season’s game started at 5.15pm Perth time, meaning a 7.15pm start for East Coast spectators.
Just before the start of the 2022 AFL season, footy fans were outraged when it was reported that the MCG was dropping Red Rooster and Crust Pizza on the ground as part of a food offering overhaul.
Several new, more upscale food suppliers have been brought on board, including dishes from celebrity chef Guy Grossi, who is offering an exclusive members’ menu in the MCG’s board room.