Sydney cricket test match crowds are cut in half to just 10,000 fans a day after days of backlash and concerns it could infect hundreds with coronavirusThe SCG’s capacity has been halved from 20,000 to 10,000 for the third testThis means the stadium will be operating at just 25 per cent crowd capacity Acting NSW Premier John Barilaro urged regional fans not to attend the match
The SCG will be reduced to 25 per cent crowd capacity for this week’s cricket Test as acting NSW Premier John Barilaro urges regional NSW residents to reconsider attending the match.
Cricket Australia and the SCG Trust have announced the change amid growing unease about Sydney’s Covid-19 outbreak.
The new settings for the third Test against India are expected to allow for about 10,000 fans each day, down from the previous figure of about 20,000.
Crowds for this week’s cricket test at the SCG (pictured above) have been reduced from to just 10,000 fans per day, down from the previous figure of 20,000
The Australian Medical Association has led calls for the SCG Test to be played in front of empty stands because of the risk it could be a virus super-spreading event.
Refunds will be processed from Monday as CA hastily reconfigures the iconic venue’s seating ahead of the opening day on Thursday.
‘We are working closely with Venues NSW and NSW Health to put appropriate biosecurity measures in place for our staff, players, match officials, broadcasters and fans to ensure we play the third Test at the SCG safely,’ CA chief executive Nick Hockley said.
‘Reducing the capacity of the venue is crucial in achieving social distancing requirements.’
Fans celebrate at the Second Twenty20 International at the SCG on December 6. Scenes at the third test will be very different as the SCG will be operating at 25 per cent capacity
The NSW government reported zero new cases of Covid-19 community transmission on Monday.
However, Barilaro cautioned that two new cases will be part of Tuesday’s numbers and that testing numbers are ‘far too low’.
The NSW Nationals Leader also argued that NSW residents from regional areas should ‘reconsider their visit’ to the SCG Test.
‘Maybe this year isn’t the year to come to Sydney to watch the Test,’ Barilaro said.
‘I know regional people use common sense.
‘The risk would be … they could take it (coronavirus) back to a regional area.’
Crowd numbers have been reduced in order to comply with social distancing requirements. Pictured: Fans during the BBL Cricket Final in February
While the reduction in numbers at the SCG may come as a shock to cricket fans, Barilaro foreshadowed the change earlier on Monday.
‘We will also give consideration to the numbers as those ticket sales continue. Later today, the SCG and Cricket will be making an announcement in relation to the test,’ he said.
‘Each day we are confronted with other issues.
‘There is now consideration that if it is wet weather, what does that look like? Will people be leaving their zones and seats and congregating under the shelter?
‘What do we do about mask wearing and maybe going up to the bar? Transport on the way in – these are things we’re working on.’
NSW Nationals Leader John Barilaro (pictured) urged NSW residents from regional areas to ‘reconsider their visit’ to the SCG Test
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