The Virgin terminal at Perth's domestic airport was a sea of purple as about 200 fans farewelled the Dockers as they left for Melbourne and the MCG for Saturday's AFL grand final.
Virgin staff were wearing Dockers scarves, Let's Go Freo signs adorned the walls of the departure lounge and even the quarantine dogs were wearing purple Dockers coats.
There were signs and balloons galore amid the crowd and the Dockers theme song blared from the airport public address system.
Fans gathered outside the Virgin terminal long before the team arrived for the 3pm departure.
The first fans to see the Dockers off arrived before noon.
The team arrived to a cheer but looked serious and focused as they made their way through the crowd.
One fan went to the extreme by wearing a full-body Phantom suit.
Airport security kept the fans at bay as Fremantle players were escorted from the team bus straight through to the departure lounge.
“Bring it home Ross the Boss,” was the call from one fan as coach Ross Lyon led the team through the cordoned off passageway.
Hawthorn have lost just three times this year and will enter Saturday's match as favourites.
The final farewell came at the departure gate.
The players spent about 30 minutes in the departure lounge before leaving through a purple and white balloon-festooned arch.
Along the way some of the players signed autographs for the crowd, shook hands and took in the atmosphere.
And then they were on the plane bound for Melbourne and their date with football history.