PUBS in central Victoria are preparing for one of their busiest nights since re-opening their doors.
With Geelong and Richmond set to meet in the AFL grand final on Saturday night, tables are booked out at many hotels across the region.
A limit of 40 people inside and 70 people in outdoor areas, combined with restriction on people hosting visitors mean seats are limited for people who want to watch the last AFL match of 2020.
The Foundry and Mister Bobs co-owner Sonya Kuchel said the sports bar had been booked out for weeks with the waiting list 50 people long before she started turning people away.
"We've turned hundreds of people away. The phone hasn't stopped ringing for 10 days," she said.
"It's tricky. We can't fit many more in. We have three small spaces with three groups of 10 (in each space) and everyone in courtyard when it's potentially raining.
"With a capacity of 700, 10 people in each space is really hard to manage.
"What have found is people are supporting us during day, coming for a session and then going home to watch the grand final."
At the Queen's Arms Hotel, co-owner Cal Francis was also expecting a full house 110 people.
"Pubs are a big drawcard (this weekend) because you can't have people over (to your house). We're booked out until we finalise how and where get things will be set up," he said. "The restrictions were only released Sunday and it can be tough figuring it all out to suit people, but we'll be right.
We've turned hundreds of people away. The phone hasn't stopped ringing for 10 days.The Foundry and Mister Bobs co-owner Sonya Kuchel
"There will be 10 in each room inside and some outside but we have got to have room for TV. There will be one on the wall in al fresco area and we are hiring another for the marquee we have put up as well. There are probably six or seven on the waiting list for a table."
Mr Francis said one lucky group will have the Queen's Arms big screen to themselves.
"The big wall is a massive drawcard and the people who were able to booked there will be stoked," he said. "They will have bar and wall-sized screen to themselves."