2022 Covid Sport Updates & Stadium Attendance Restrictions
The impact of coronavirus continues into 2022 and this article provides ongoing updates on crowd capacity restrictions in stadiums for each state and changes to sports events in Australia.
- While there are currently no Australian cities in lockdown, strict border controls remain in place in WA, which are having an impact on events.
- The Victorian Government has announced a 50% cap for the 2022 Australian Open. Details on other events/venues TBC.
- Scroll down for specific updates, including the impact on NRL and AFL matches.
Austadiums continues to have up-to-date schedules for all sports, while we also mark cancelled and postponed events accordingly. Events with restricted capacity or closed to the public are also marked as such, as are relocated events moved to neutral venues.
See below for current crowd restrictions in each Australian state and territory and keep scrolling to see updates for each sport and competition. Most rules currently apply to people who are fully vaccinated.
Stadium Attendance Restrictions – As at January 13*
|ACT||100% of seating capacity* ⓘ||1 person per 2qm for non-seated. 100% of fixed seating capacity for GIO Stadium & Manuka Oval.|
|NSW||100% of capacity ⓘ|
|NT||100% of capacity ⓘ|
|QLD||100% capacity. Stadiums are not currently restricted by occupant density limits ⓘ||Must be fully vaccinated to attend stadiums with a seating capacity of more than 5000.|
|SA||1/2 density for outdoor seated activities, 1/4 density for indoors ⓘ||*Adelaide Oval capacity: 25,000; Adelaide Ent Cent 75%.|
|TAS||100% of seated capacity; density limit applies for non-seated areas ⓘ||1 person per 2qm for non-seated. Blundstone Arena capacity: 14,000.|
|VIC||100% of capacity. TBC ⓘ||*Australian Open capacity restricted to 50%. Other events/venues TBC.|
|WA||100% of capacity ⓘ|
*This should be used as a guide only. Please check official government resources for clarification on current restrictions (click the ⓘ icon above). Some capacity restrictions across venues within a state may vary depending on individual COVID-Safe plans.
Sports & Competition Updates
The Australia v New Zealand ODI and T20I series have been postponed indefinitely. All BBL games scheduled for Perth have been relocated to the eastern states, while other games have been relocated to Melbourne with some double-headers. Both the Sheffield Shield and Marsh Cup seasons have been impacted with the remaining fixtures TBC. The fifth Ashes Test scheduled for Optus Stadium was relocated from Perth to Hobart. Women's Ashes games have been moved from Sydney to Adelaide.
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Many A-League men's & women's matches have now been impacted due to Covid cases and border controls, with some postponed, relocated, and played behind closed doors, as has also been the case in the FFA Cup.
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Many NBL22 matches have been postponed with some rescheduled, as a result of positive Covid cases.
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Australian Open crowds will now be capped at 50% due to the Omicron variant and rising hospitalisation numbers in Victoria. All existing ticket sales will be honoured and ground pass access is unaffected. The AO starts on January 17 at Melbourne Park. Lead-in tournaments were impacted with the Brisbane International, Hobart International and Kooyong Classic all cancelled. All ATP Cup matches were played in Sydney, with no matches in Perth or Brisbane.
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Saturday's home game for the Brisbane Lions has been postponed - the first match of the 2022 AFLW season to be impacted.
The 2021/22 Australian Baseball League season was cancelled due to Covid.
Stay tuned on this article as we’ll continue to update the information for each sport and competition as it comes to hand. Keep on visiting Austadiums to view up-to-date sports fixtures and event schedules around Australia.