Grand Final Parade
Prior to the match, at 10.00 am the TAC Cup Grand Final was played.
The Red Berets parachuted into the MCG delivering the match balls, followed by a team warm up and the beginning of pre-match entertainment. The entertainment included a performance of the song "Flashdance (What A Feeling)", performed by Irene Cara,  as well as appearances from Brian Mannix, John Paul Young, Daryl Braithwaite and Shane Howard. The medley of songs they performed included "Solid Rock", Yesterday's Hero", "The Horses", "Everybody Wants to Work" and "I Hear Motion".
Grand Final Sprint
The Sprint, which had heats ran before the pre-match entertainment and the final ran during the half-time break, was won by Carlton's Brendan Fevola.
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