The afternoon games are great because it has been a tradition in Australian Rules football for over a century. 30 years ago an average home-and-away round in the VFL (now AFL) had six matches, most of them on a Saturday afternoon. In addition to the MCG and the now-closed Waverley, they were played at various suburban grounds like Princes Park and the Whitten Oval.
Progressing into the 1990s and the 21st century, with interstate expansion of the AFL, the rise of night games and the opening of Docklands Stadium in 2000, all suburban grounds in Melbourne have stopped playing these games permanently, but the afternoon tradition continues, with two arvo games played each on Saturday and Sunday. The AFL also hosts afternoon games on major public holidays such as Easter Monday, ANZAC Day and Queen's Birthday.