Crowd limits are likely to increase slightly at AFL games in Victoria this weekend.
Industry sources said they were expecting capacity to increase from 50 per cent with a maximum of 25,000 people to 75 per cent with a maximum of 30,000 at all Victorian stadiums.
Since matches in Melbourne were reopened to the public two weeks ago, crowds have not come close to reaching the 25,000 threshold although Carlton v Geelong, Richmond v Collingwood, Western Bulldogs v Sydney and Essendon v Adelaide matches this weekend could all theoretically test the 30,000 limit.
Port Adelaide fans received a boost on Tuesday when it was announced that Adelaide Oval would return to full capacity for Thursday night’s blockbuster between the Power and Melbourne.
Meanwhile, the Brisbane Lions were set to depart Victoria on Tuesday to return to Queensland, albeit to the Gold Coast, not to Brisbane.
The location of their Saturday night match against St Kilda is the sole remaining query in this round’s fixture.
The Lions remain hopeful of playing the match at the Gabba however Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast is on standby.
This is because Gold Coast is only classified as an orange zone by the Victorian government, compared to Brisbane, which is a red zone under the state’s traffic light rating system for COVID-19 hotspots.
“We play there a fair bit…I don’t think it’s really an issue for us,” defender Marcus Adams said of the prospect of playing at Metricon.