Covid-19 Updates: Australian Sport & Stadiums
This article will provide ongoing updates on the impacts of Covid-19 on Australian sport and stadiums, including restrictions and event updates.
Australia was one of the first countries to welcome crowds back to stadiums to watch live sport, however throughout 2021 there has continued to be various impacts due to ongoing restrictions.
- Melbourne & Canberra remain in lockdown.
- NSW has come out of lockdown, with crowds of up to 5000 permitted to attend stadiums.
- 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.
Stadium Attendance Restrictions – As at October 12*
|ACT||Closed stadiums ⓘ||Lockdown until October 15.|
|NSW||Maximum crowd of 5000 at stadiums ⓘ|
|NT||100% of capacity ⓘ|
|QLD||75% of capacity ⓘ||As of September 30.|
|SA||75% of capacity ⓘ|
|TAS||100% of seated capacity ⓘ|
|VIC||Closed stadiums ⓘ||Crowds of 10,000 from November 2 (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
After the entire finals series was held in Queensland, the Grand Final has been locked in at Suncorp Stadium. However, the capacity has been reduced from 100% to 75% (as of Thursday) due to new Covid cases in Brisbane, meaning 13,000 fans can no longer attend and will be refunded. The game is still expected to proceed, but Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville is on standby.
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The final game of the Rugby Championship at Cbus Stadium Stadium this weekend will now be at 75% of capacity, with fans now unable to attend and will be automatically be refunded.
The start of the domestic season has been impacted with some Sheffield Shield and Marsh Cup games postponed. The BBL will commence on December 5 and the WBBL on October 14 (early season games have been relocated to Tasmania). The women's international series between Australia and India was relocated from NSW to QLD.
The A-League season has been delayed to November 19, with the first 6 rounds of the 2021/22 fixture announced. The W-League season will commence on December 3. The Matildas will play 2 international friendly matches at CommBank Stadium on October 23 & 26, with capped crowds of 5,000 to be permitted to attend.
The start of the NBL22 season has been postponed until November 18 to maximise crowd attendance. The fixture is yet to be announced.
Both the 2021 Australian F1 Grand Prix and MotoGP have been cancelled for a second year running due to Covid and the strict border restrictions in place. The revised Supercars schedule has been announced to conclude the 2021 season, with four back-to-back races in Sydney, followed by the Bathurst 1000, with limited crowds to be permitted to attend.
Crowds will not be permitted to attend the Caulfield Cup Carnival or the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, for a second-straight year. The VRC is pushing for crowds of around 11,000 per day at the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington. In Sydney, capped crowds of 5,000 are expected to be permitted at The Everest.
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.
Upcoming Impacted Sports Events
|22/10/21||Horse Racing||2021 Manikato Stakes
|Moonee Valley Racecourse|
|23/10/21||Horse Racing||2021 Cox Plate
|Moonee Valley Racecourse|
|30/10/21||Horse Racing||2021 Victoria Derby
|21/11/21||Motorsport||2021 F1 Australian Grand Prix
|Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit|
|27/11/21||Cricket||Test Match: Australia v Afghanistan (d1)
|28/11/21||Cricket||Test Match: Australia v Afghanistan (d2)
|28/11/21||Golf||Australian Open Golf
|Australian Golf Club|
|29/11/21||Cricket||Test Match: Australia v Afghanistan (d3)
|30/11/21||Cricket||Test Match: Australia v Afghanistan (d4)
|1/12/21||Cricket||Test Match: Australia v Afghanistan (d5)