“We can’t wait to see 40,000 fans at the venue. Our fans have been so patient and loyal throughout the season and having crowd caps increase for the finals aeries is the perfect way to acknowledge that loyalty.
“This year has been the most unpredictable year in our game’s history, we’ve faced unprecedented challenges and I feel like the best football is yet to come.”
The event on October 25 will feature both the men’s and women’s deciders. NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres encouraged fans to “make the most of the electric atmosphere of Sydney” and urged people to get out and “enjoy hospitality and attractions of the city”.
“ANZ Stadium has hosted many of Australia’s most iconic moments in sporting history and the 2020 NRL Grand Final will be among them,” he said.
Abdo thanked the NSW Government for their ongoing support throughout the pandemic.
“I want to congratulate the NSW Government for the way in which they have managed the pandemic. Their contact tracing has been world-class and has enabled a crowd of 40,000 to attend our grand final day,” he said.
“We thank them for their support throughout the season and we will continue to follow all public health orders to ensure the general community remains healthy.”
Earlier this month, the AFL announced they would be moving their grand final to Queensland to play in front of a crowd of around 30,000 fans. The AFL grand final been never been played outside of Victoria.