UPDATE @ 8.00AM | There’s now a bit of confusion around Queensland stadium plans to have spectators back in time for the AFL restart this weekend.
Gold Coast Suns Chairman has spoken with 4BC this morning, claiming clubs are in a bit of a ‘no man’s land’ waiting for word from the state government.
It comes after veteran AFL reporter Caroline Wilson told Footy Classified that this weekend’s game at the Gabba would be allowed to have around 1,000 spectators attend, and that the Queensland Premier had approved that.
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“I can tell you all there will be crowds at the Gabba and at Metricon Stadium this weekend.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk, the Premier of Queensland, has announced that they will allow 25 per cent of every football stadium to be filled,” Ms Wilson said.
However, the Premier’s office has categorically denied the news with Channel 9 this morning.
Chairman Tony Cochrane has since told 4BC they were only recently made aware that spectators may be allowed, and have had to act very quickly.
“We were told yesterday there was chance there could be 1000 people allowed.
“We submitted a detailed plan last week.
“We are in no mans land at the moment because we haven’t had a clear definition of what will be allowed,” Cochrane said.
EARLIER @ 6.30AM | Local AFL fans may be able to return to matches at Metricon and the Gabba sooner than expected.
It’s understood the Queensland government is preparing to allow stadiums to be filled to 25 percent of their capacity.
The plans could even be approved by the time the AFL resumes this weekend.
The Brisbane Lions take on Fremantle at the Gabba on Saturday, while the Gold Coast Suns host the West Coast Eagles at Metricon.
It’s understood Gabba bosses are pushing for hundreds of spectators to be allowed at the game, under the same rules that have allowed restaurants to re-open.
Head of Live Entertainment Industry Forum James Sutherland told The Today Show they’re working as quickly as possible to get fans into stadiums again.
“The important thing is building the public’s confidence and the government’s confidence about a CovidSafe environment, and the right cleanliness, hygiene factors within the stadium.
“I think when we start there will definitely be things around social distancing that we need to adhere to.
“But again the extent to how fast we move with this is going to be contingent on how well we contain the virus and indeed eliminate it,” Mr Sutherland said.
There are reports Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has already green lit plans for 1,000 people into the Gabba this Saturday.
However, the state government is yet to officially confirm this.
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