Coronavirus updates: Impact on Australian Sport and Stadiums

Austadiums   |  Monday 23rd March 2020


The outbreak of COVID-19 has had a profound impact on Australian sport. Further restrictions continue to be announced which have essentially shut down sport around the world. We have the latest updates and a summary of each sport and competition.

The coronavirus situation really came to a head on Thursday March 12 when the NBA season was suspended. The following day, the Australian F1 Grand Prix was cancelled and there was a snowball effect around the world. The ODI series and NBL GF were played in empty stadiums but were both later cancelled. Sports that did allow crowds to attend over that weekend generally had lower-than-expected attendances.

Due to the banning of mass-gatherings of 500 outdoors and 100 indoors, all events were to be played behind closed doors for the foreseeable future, with the PM saying these restrictions may last for up to six months.

The AFL announced on Sunday 22 March that they would postpone their season until at least May 31 following further advice and most states introducing border controls. The NRL intends to play on until the government says they can't continue, and we wait for further word from the A-League.

Austadiums has the most comprehensive listing of sports events and we’ll keep these updated, marking events as P for postponed and C for cancelled. Austadiums also lists all attendance figures and we now list the attendance for events closed to the public as 'Closed Event'.

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Below is a summary of the major Australian sports and competitions we cover on Austadiums and the impact COVID-19 is having on them. We’ll keep this updated as information comes to hand. You can also view information on the respective competition pages and a list of postponed/cancelled events here.


On Sunday 22 March, the AFL announced that the season would be suspended at the conclusion of round 1, until May 31 at the earliest, while the final 2 weeks of the AFLW season has been cancelled. Previously, the AFL confirmed the 2020 season would commence as scheduled, however all matches would be played in empty stadiums until further notice. The season has been reduced to 17 rounds and games will be shortened (16 minute quarters plus time-on). The fixture was to remain as is for the opening 4 rounds, while the fixture will be re-done for the final 13 rounds - we now await if that remains the same or if the entire fixture will be re-done. The AFL intends to play out the season and the Grand Final may be played as late as December, possibly away from the MCG. State leagues including the VFL, SANFL & WAFL have bee postponed until at least May 31.
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The 2020 NRL season has now been suspended, with the NRL making the announcement on Monday 23/3, following two rounds of the season, round two of which was played behind closed doors.
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FFA announced on 24/3 that the A-League season has been postponed. It hopes to play rescheduled fixtures at a later date and complete the season. There will be a review on April 22. Previously, matches had continued in empty stadiums. Due to Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix being in quarantine for 14 days, their matches were postponed, while Wellington Phoenix were based in Sydney due to the various border controls. Several changes were made to the A-League fixture. The W-League Grand Final was played behind closed doors and won by Melbourne City.
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Games 2 & 3 of the Grand Final series were played in empty arena’s. Games 4 and 5 have been cancelled - Perth Wildcats were named champions.
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The Super Rugby season has been suspended until further notice. The Global Rapid Rugby season has also been suspended. There was talk of a domestic competition starting in April featuring Australia's four Super Rugby teams plus the Western Force, but that has since been scrapped.

The pre-season tournament scheduled for Ken Rosewall Arena has been cancelled. Information on the upcoming Super Netball season will be announced soon.

Game 1 of the current ODI Series between Australia & New Zealand was played at an empty SCG. Games 2 and 3 have been postponed, but may be played later in the year. The final round of the Sheffield Shield has been cancelled, as has the Final itself, with NSW declared champions.

The Melbourne Supercars event at the F1 Grand Prix was cancelled following the cancellation of the Australian GP. Supercars will look to schedule a replacement race later in the year. It has also been announced the next three races (Tasmania, Auckland and Perth) have been postponed.

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.


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