The much-awaited Test series between India and Australia has been going on and both the team have won one test each. With the third Test will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Cricket Australia has limited crowd capacity to 25 per cent ‘initially’ amid the rise of COVID-19 cases in the New South Wales area.
“Acting on the advice of the NSW Government, Cricket Australia and Venues NSW are working together to ensure the safety of patrons attending the Vodafone Pink Test on January 7, with a crowd capacity limited to 25% initially,” a Cricket Australia statement said on Monday.
Meanwhile, Nick Hockley, the Interim CEO of CA, has said that the safety will be there for fans, staff, players, broadcast partners, and match officials on a priority basis for the third Test at the SCG as they are following the advice of NSW Health. On the other hand, at the MCG for the boxing day Test, the crowd capacity was also limited and it was half with about 30,000 spectators, who were allowed to enter the ground.
However, in the current situation, SCG is expected to host 10,000 spectators as well. He also added that they are working closely with Venues NSW and NSW Health to arrange proper biosecurity measures for the staff, players, match officials, broadcasters and fans to make sure the third Test can be played at the SCG safely.
Reducing the capacity of the venue is crucial in achieving social distancing requirements, and we sincerely thank ticketholders for their patience, as we process refunds today, reconfigure the SCG seating plan to deliver these social distancing measures and go back on sale. Tickets will be back on sale exclusively to those who have already bought a seat at 5 pm AEDT on January 4, with remaining tickets released at midday AEDT on January 5.
“To date, we have been able to deliver a safe and successful summer of cricket thanks to our detailed biosecurity protocols, the cooperation and support of public health officials and the hard work of so many people behind the scenes,” Hockley again shared.
Venues NSW Chair Tony Shepherd has said that the SCG has taken proper measures to make sure the safety of fans who will be attending the third Test.
“There are extensive protocols being enacted for the upcoming Test, including increased cleaning, customer service and security staff, along with dedicated social distancing marshals,” Sheppard further added.
“The SCG is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government which allows exhaustive record-keeping and QR code check-in protocols that will ensure the safety of ours fans. We have a very safe stadium and will be doing everything we can to deliver this event safely, as we have at our venues in NSW for the entire year.”
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