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Michael Whiting   March 20, 2017 4:25 PM

Metricon Stadium will host Saturday's NAB AFL Women's decider between the Brisbane Lions and Adelaide after the Gabba was deemed unsafe to play on.

The AFL confirmed the venue on Monday afternoon after hours of negotiations with the Gabba's owners, Stadiums Queensland, failed to come to an agreement to make the Lions' regular home ground available.

The game will begin at 1pm AEST, ahead of the QClash between Gold Coast and the Brisbane Lions at 7.05pm AEST.

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said the League was "profoundly disappointed" the Gabba could not be used for the game.

"The Brisbane Lions have earned the right to host the inaugural NAB AFLW Grand Final in their home state and it is extremely disappointing that the first-ever Women's Grand Final cannot be at the home of AFL football in Brisbane," he said.  

The round two match between the Lions and Essendon is now also in doubt, with another inspection of the Gabba due next week.

McLachlan thanked the Suns for making their Metricon Stadium home available for the game and encouraged Lions fans to make the trip to the Gold Coast to continue supporting their undefeated women's team. 

"The AFL is profoundly disappointed the Gabba surface is not able to be presented for the AFLW showpiece match but we hope that as many Lions fans as possible, and travelling fans of the Adelaide Crows, can support the match at Metricon Stadium," he said.

McLachlan confirmed fans could attend the AFLW Grand Final for free, and said the AFL would work with the Queensland Goverment to maximise transport options. 

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