The NSW government have announced they are easing COVID restrictions further, allowing 100 per cent seated capacity at outdoor stadiums and 75 per cent at indoor ones, signalling a pre-lockdown return to professional sport in NSW.
From December 7, stadiums can be at full seated capacity and will be bound by the one person per two square metres rule for outdoor seating areas, opening the gate for NSW spectators to enjoy a jam-packed summer of Australian sport.
Most pressingly, the changes will mean that the third T20 match between Australia and India on December 8 at the SCG – previously capped at 50 per cent – can now host a full house.
Furthermore, spectators will be able to enjoy the third Test match between Australia and India at the SCG to the fullest; which is always a huge turnout for the Pink Test.
The news also comes at just the right time for Big Bash fans with the BBL 2020-21 season set to get underway on December 10.
Additionally, with the A-League and W-League set to kick off on December 27, the easing of restrictions will allow NSW-based clubs Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers and the Newcastle Jets to get as many people through the gates as possible. A-League expansion side Macarthur FC will also be able to welcome a full-crowd.
On top of this, the NBL season set to begin in mid-January will benefit from the changes, now allowed a 75 per cent capacity at Sydney Kings’ home court, Qudos Bank Arena, and the Hawks stomping ground, WIN Sports and Entertainment Centres.
It’s uncertain what this will mean for the rest of the WNBL season as this is currently scheduled to play out entirely in Queensland.
The rolling back of restrictions could also boost local and regional sport, as from Monday up to 3000 people can gather outside for organised events.
Theres a bit of good news for those who frequently indulge in sport at their local pub too, with people allowed to stand up at outside venues and you can even dance if your team wins!