Perth has emerged as a possible destination to host the entire nine-match finals series this year, including the AFL premiership decider, with Adelaide and Brisbane also in the mix.
The news comes as Melbourne will be barred from attending matches in Victoria for at least two more weeks.
Victoria premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the easing of lockdown restrictions in the state will begin at 11.59pm on Tuesday, but large gatherings are still barred, meaning round 22 is the earliest that fans can return to matches in Victoria in some capacity.
That is just three weeks from the start of the finals and six weeks from the grand final.
Last year’s grand final was moved to the Gabba due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria.
A total of 29,707 fans attended the match.
The 60,000-seat Optus Stadium, however, recently earned rave reviews when it hosted the Richmond versus Essendon Dreamtime clash in round 12, with 55,656 fans attending.
The spectacular lightshow demonstrated the $1.6 billion venue can provide the glitz and glamour that a grand final would require.
Initial reports surfaced that the AFL had told Joondalup Resort in WA to hold off all bookings from the middle of August until late September in preparation for housing AFL teams for the finals series.
But the resort has indicated it hasn’t been booked out, with reservations remaining open to the public.
The West Australian reported that the resort does not operate on a ‘just in case’ basis and would need certainty from the AFL before they handed over the premises.
The Western Bulldogs and St Kilda were housed at the resort in recent weeks under strict quarantine conditions.