There were concerns about the game moving to Townsville after already having to move from its traditional Sydney home, with Channel Nine advising Channel Nine to prepare for North. Queensland Conclusion.
There have even been suggestions that the game could be delayed by a week with a possible return to Sydney on paper.
Zero community transfers will ensure 39,000 fans are packed into Suncorp Stadium on Sunday night to watch the entire Sydney Final as the Penrith Panthers play the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
“It’s 100 mph, at full power and all systems go to the Grand Final at Suncorp Stadium,” said NRL CEO Peter Flandis.
The NRL Grand Final will take place in Brisbane as planned after no cases of coronavirus were reported in the city Sunday morning
Zero community transfers will ensure 39,000 fans are packed into Suncorp Stadium on Sunday night to watch the entire Sydney Final as the Penrith Panthers play the South Sydney Rabbitohs
During the week the game will be held in the Queensland capital, there were high suspicions as the airline worker and truck driver who had been in the state tested positive.
Their close contacts also returned positive results for Covid, with cases pushing toward double digits on Thursday and the realistic possibility of moving or postponing the NRL Grand Final on Sunday.
Anastasia Balaschuk has announced that the stadium’s 54,000-seat capacity will be capped at 75 per cent for the end, but that the match will go ahead in Brisbane as planned.
The prime minister said Sunday morning that she herself had planned to attend the match, but only in case there were no new cases that afternoon.
“Can I say to the people who attend, you have to log into the stadium, you have to wear your mask there and you can only remove the mask when you are sitting if you are eating or drinking,” she said.
That doesn’t mean sitting there with a beer and only eating a mask when you’re drinking.
We have to do this to keep everyone safe, so I make it very clear that these are the conditions set by Dr. Young. This is what I expect everyone to do.
Channel Nine commentator and NRL legend Phil Gold wondered what the difference was in allowing the full 39,000 or 54,000 into the game.
Can anyone explain to me the difference between 100 per cent and 75 per cent of attendance at GF, in terms of managing covid? I mean really?’ Posted on Twitter.
What do you do to manage Covid? I would say zero at all.
Channel Nine commentator and NRL legend Phil Gold wondered what the difference was in allowing the full 39,000 or 54,000 per match
Prime Minister Anastasia Balaschuk has announced that the stadium’s 54,000 capacity will be 75 per cent for the finish, but the match will go ahead in Brisbane as planned.
The game seemed likely to either move to Townsville to Queensland Country Bank Stadium, the Cowboys’ new stadium that hosted the World Cup Finals and also featured the Wallabies and All Blacks in rugby.
However, cases in Townsville have also seen speculation that the NRL was looking into the possibility of postponing the game and playing it in Sydney when the lockdown lifts from October 11.
“If there is a sudden shutdown on Sunday, we will have to make a quick decision because we don’t want to play a big final in an empty stadium at Suncorp,” Flandis said on Saturday.
In this case, everything is on the table, including postponing the Grand Final and possibly playing in Townsville.
“But I’d love nothing more than to see a big, historic final in front of 39,000 fans at Suncorp on Sunday night.
“We owe it to the Queensland government and the people of Queensland for their incredible support.”
South Sydney fans stand for a cheering event in preparation for the 2021 NRL Grand Final on Sunday
Queensland’s success in quelling the latest outbreak will instead see Brisbane host its first-ever major final.
The Panthers shocked the storm with a stubborn defensive effort in the preliminary final at Suncorp last week to book their place in the final, the club’s first since their win over the Roosters in the 2003 GF.
South Sydney will seek its presidency for the second time since returning to competition under Russell Crowe after lifting the trophy in 2014.