Last modified on Wed 16 Sep 2020 23.43 EDT. “All have hills, we want to be able to make sure we work through what it the most appropriate way to open up that venue. "And given it is outdoors it reduced a further risk. The mooted change could allow the Panthers to hold about 8000 fans for the opening week of the finals, with the club expected to knock back an opportunity to host 40,000 at ANZ Stadium for what is shaping as a western Sydney showdown against Parramatta. By subscribing, you agree to SBS’s terms of service and privacy policy including receiving email updates from SBS. Source: Getty. People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. As reported by the Herald last month, the NRL has been trying to convince the government to increase capacity to 50,000 in time for the grand final on October 25. New rules in NSW allow 50% capacity in grounds. And it’s for that reason it has been. The NRL will have crowds return in small numbers from next week with the NSW Government allowing corporate boxes to reopen. The other Sydney teams in line for potential home finals in week one include South Sydney and Cronulla. The rules will only apply to NSW-based matches. "Out of everyone around the table I am probably the least likely to support anything like this unless I am sure and convinced it has been backed up by health advice. Watch SBS World News live daily at 6:30pm on TV and on our app. ARL Commission chairman Peter V'landys is still hopeful of club members then being able to return as part of capped crowds from 1 July. It also bodes well for the Sydney leg of this year’s delayed State of Origin series, to be played in November.

NSW has largely managed the spread of the virus and Berejiklian said she was confident the relaxation of rules around stadiums did not pose a heightened threat. Sports news, results and expert commentary delivered straight to your inbox each weekday. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. Queensland has less strict lockdown laws compared to other states but there was plenty of people on the hill during the Melbourne-Newcastle game to finish Round 12. Ask Amazon Alexa for the latest SBS News or listen to SBS Radio. Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly, Broncos face huge $1m halves dilemma, Tigers bad boy returns, All the injury news from Round 12 plus scheduled return dates, Why Madge will kick more chairs; headache Panthers didn’t see, Folau refuses to take a knee as controversy strikes Super League return, Cleary’s Dally M Medal hopes take hit, NRL admit to TikTok blunder, Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. The NRL's finals will be played in front of the biggest football crowds in Australia since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic with up to 40,000 spectators allowed at matches. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. the NRL has been trying to convince the government to increase capacity to 50,000 in time for the grand final on October 25. Brett Sutton asked to provide new statement to hotel quarantine inquiry after emails contradict his evidence, Victoria 'well placed' to ease more restrictions as state records just one new case and zero deaths, Domestic violence services fear another spike in incidents this AFL and NRL grand final weekend, Young Australians are being 'aggressively radicalised' through right-wing extremism, federal police warn, Victorian government to allow 1,250 people to be at this weekend's Cox Plate horse race, After a school year like no other, Year 12s in NSW have begun their HSC exams, Australians stuck overseas are disappointed with the government's charter flight solution, Meet the Americans who could be about to make Congress less 'stale, pale and male'. Sydney Roosters players are seen celebrating during the Round 4 NRL match against the Brisbane Broncos Source: AAP, NRL to review cardboard fan initiative amid Harold Shipman, Adolf Hitler controversies, Australia divided over fake crowd noise as NRL resumes in empty stadiums. “I think we will see it announced in the next 24-48 hours,” he said. The Storm released a statement soon after to reveal they have request a review of the Sunshine Coast Stadium crowd management. Ultimately, it means crowds at ANZ Stadium will be the biggest in Australia since 86,174 crammed into the MCG for the women's Twenty20 World Cup final in March. Venues such as Bankwest Stadium have multiple boxes and lounges that can be split into different sections on top of their corporate boxes, meaning the number of attendees could be able to climb much higher. "We're hopeful we'll be able to get to those venues opening up to larger capacities," Minister for investment and tourism Stuart Ayres said. In the absence of spectators, the NRL initially trialled a scheme involving cardboard cutouts of fans, not entirely without issues. “But also as a big thank you to the community for working with us to get us where we are today.”. Kayo is your ticket to the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership. “A large venue as long as it has seats and zones ... is able to be a controlled event,” Berejiklian added. “We’ve been contacted by the NRL this morning, and the Storm themselves are saying they want to reduce the number of people to that stadium by 1,000,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said. A ticketing system is planned to ensure fans are spaced out appropriately between seats. The current threshold limits crowds to 25 per cent capacity with a maximum of 10,000, however that could be scrapped in the coming days with discussions being held about changing restrictions to double the number of fans in seated sections of stadiums. This is also known as Online Behavioural Advertising.

The Rabbitohs would be allowed to host 40,000 at ANZ Stadium, while the Sharks would be entitled to around 8000 at Kogarah. It means each corporate room will be able to have one person per four square metres from the start of Round 5, which starts on Thursday with a match between the Manly Sea Eagles and Brisbane Broncos. The Sunshine Coast-based Melbourne Storm will host a final in week one of the play-offs, with their match, likely against the Sydney Roosters, to be played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane in front of the reduced maximum crowd of 25,000. Cameron Murray of the Rabbitohs scores a try during the round 15 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Manly Sea Eagles. Can he be deported back to a war-torn country? “The crowds will be at 50 per cent capacity for the finals and particularly for the grand final. Approximately 5,500 people attended the Sunday afternoon clash, which was under the 6000 limit for the stadium, but the next game will be capped at 5000. Under the new rules announced by the NSW government the state's major venues will be able to operate at up to 50 per cent capacity from next month. The images on social media have caught their attention. “I just want to foreshadow the government will have something to say about that in the next few days,” Berejiklian said on Wednesday.

Crowds have not been allowed at NRL games since the opening round of the 2020 season due to Covid-19. “The stadium operates under a site specific COVID safe plan approved by Queensland Health and includes having Queensland Police in attendance. They have requested a report from the stadium and the Storm. "A large venue as long as it has seats and zones ... is able to be a controlled event," Premier Gladys Berejiklian said. Optimistically I would like to say they will be open for the 1st October, but we won’t be putting people at risk.”. But also as a big thank you to the community for working with us to get us where we are today.". "They [a ministerial task force, which includes treasurer Dominic Perrottet, deputy premier John Barilaro and tourism minister Stuart Ayres] have done some good work given the input from health on what we consider a safe way to host some of these events into the future. Both clubs had already agreed to move out of ANZ Stadium this month under the state government's previous stadia plan that included renovating the venue. The news represents something of a coup for the NRL, given the AFL eschewed New South Wales and opted to play the bulk of its finals series in Queensland. "We're very pleased the government has corrected the anomaly, because this was allowed in pubs, clubs and racecourses but not sports stadiums," V'landys told AAP. It’s going from strength to strength, and I just want to thank everyone for doing the right thing.”. The increase comes as Suncorp Stadium is also expected to be able to hold crowds of 25,000, with Melbourne's home finals matches to be played at the Brisbane venue.

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