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Gabba pitch deemed "unsafe”, decider moved to GC

GOLD COAST BOUND: The AFLW decider between Brisbane Lions and Adelaide Crows will be moved to Gold Coast's Metricon Stadium.
GOLD COAST BOUND: The AFLW decider between Brisbane Lions and Adelaide Crows will be moved to Gold Coast's Metricon Stadium. DAN PELED

Australian Football: Metricon Stadium will now host the inaugural AFL Women's grand final between the Brisbane Lions and Adelaide Crows, after the Gabba was deemed unsafe to play on.

The AFL confirmed on Monday afternoon that an agreement with Stadiums Queensland was unable to be reached, with the decider instead moved to the Gold Coast venue.

Following back-to-back concerts from British singer-songwriter Adele at the Gabba earlier this month, ground staff made the decision to sow new grass on the surface rather than risk further damage.

The match will now be played just hours before the round one QClash between Gold Coast and the Brisbane Lions tomorrow.

Brisbane Lions CEO Greg Swann told afl.com.au his club had been "absolutely let down” by the Gabba's decision.

"Our question is why the grass was sown, knowing that there were games coming up,” Swann said.

The surface is unlikely to be ready for the Men's clash against Essendon on April 1.

Topics:  adelaide crows women afl aflw australian football brisbane lions women gabba gold coast suns metricon stadium

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