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NRL wants NSW government to let 50,000 fans into grand final

The NRL has opened discussions with the NSW government about easing COVID-19 restrictions to increase the crowd from 10,000 to 50,000 for this year’s grand final at ANZ Stadium.

In what would provide a huge financial windfall for the sport and state, the NSW government, which has been supportive of the NRL’s endeavours to keep the competition alive throughout the coronavirus pandemic, is considering the sport’s request, pending the rate of infection in the next two months.

ANZ Stadium at full capacity for the 2019 grand final.

ANZ Stadium at full capacity for the 2019 grand final.Credit:NRL Photos

It comes as the NRL considers the potential of a virtual Dally M Medal ceremony at the end of the season, which would see players honoured via Zoom calls as part of Fox Sports’ coverage of the annual awards night, given the biosecurity restrictions on players.

The NRL has come to terms with the likelihood of having a reduced capacity for its showpiece event, but the code has requested to have 50,000 fans inside ANZ Stadium for the decider on October 25, which could be an all-Sydney showdown given the success of Parramatta, Penrith and the Roosters in 2020.

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