THE clean-up operation at Queen Elizabeth Oval has signalled the end of another Bendigo Football Netball League season.
The last remaining marquees and temporary structures were removed from the ground yesterday.
It followed a day of rubbish collection on Sunday, left in the wake of a 9,000-strong crowd.
AFL Central Victoria regional operations manager Justin Abrams said the attendance was an improvement on last year's grand final.
He said overall profits were up 15 per cent on the back of strong takings at the gate.
"There were about 9,000 people there over the day," he said. "We were pretty happy to get that profit. All clubs will get a dividend of that."
Mr Abrams said he and a team of 10 staff finished the clean-up effort about midday Sunday.
All rubbish container points around the oval were left overflowing at the end of the match on Saturday.
"That's probably to be expected with such a big crowd," Mr Abrams said.
"It wasn't too bad in the end. There were about 10 of us collecting it all. By 12pm Sunday it was spotless. You wouldn’t even know there was a grand final there. The whole precinct itself looked great."
The level of rubbish spilling into the terraces generated a lot of criticism on social media. Many blamed the fans for being too lazy to take their rubbish to the bins.
Ian White wrote on Facebook, "they brought it there, you'd think they could take it back with them."
Steve O'Connor described the amount of leftover rubbish as "disgusting" and a "disgrace".
"When did our society become so lazy and selfish?" he asked.
Louise Ferguson labelled the people who left their rubbish behind "filthy animals".
"I bet they all walked past that bin on the way out too," she wrote.
Allison Rees said it was relative to the size of the crowd at the football game.
"Really are you all that surprised, have you not seen the MCG nearly every weekend during footy season?" she added.
Mr Abrams said the league and the City of Greater Bendigo had been mindful of the large crowds and put in seven large skips and dozens of wheelie bins around the oval. He said overall he was impressed with crowd behaviour.
Police praised organisers and reported no major incidents or arrests.