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Steele Tallon  March 15, 2017 12:57 PM

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The Gabba. (Photo: AFL Media)

The Brisbane Lions have restated their "absolute commitment" to having the AFLW Grand Final played at the Gabba.

Media reports have suggested the Adele concerts at the stadium last week caused damage that will take six weeks to recover, or risk damaging the pitch for the Ashes Cricket Test starting on November 23.

That would mean moving Saturday week's historic AFLW Grand Final and the Lions' opening two home rounds of the AFL season.

However, Queensland Sports Minister Mick De Brenni held a media conference on the Gabba surface today where he said the stadium was "on track" to hosting the AFLW decider, as well as the two opening AFL home games.

De Brenni told reporters an independent turf expert would examine the ground on Friday before a final decision was made involving all stakeholders – but he was confident the "biggest game of the year" would be played at the Gabba on Saturday week.

Lions CEO Greg Swann - who attended this morning's media conference with Lions Women's CEO Breeanna Brock and Women's Coach Craig Starcevich - said the undefeated women's team had earned the right to play the season's showcase game at the Gabba.

Swann said the Gabba curators had done an outstanding job getting the ground back up to speed after the Adele concerts and there was no doubt in his mind that the ground would be right for Saturday week and beyond.

"There's 253 days until the Ashes Test at the Gabba in November - I'm certain that's plenty of time to get the grass right by then, given the quality of the stadium ground staff" said Swann.

"The AFLW competition has captured the imagination of Queenslanders in recent months, and we are hoping sense will prevail in all this.

"It would be nonsensical to not play such an important game in the development of women's sport at the best venue.

"Our women's team have been simply magnificent this season and have been the story of the year in Queensland sport, and they deserve to play the Grand Final at our home on the Gabba."

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