As crowd limits lifted in New South Wales, Australia hopes to pack in fans for India

Published:4 December 2020

Australia hopes fans

In their Twenty20 game next week, Australia will wish to play a full house against India as crowd caps are lifted in the most populous state of the country - New South Wales (NSW).

On Wednesday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said outdoor stadiums will be permitted to operate at 100 percent capacity from Monday as the eastern state eases social distance restrictions after without a new COVID-19 case for 3 weeks.

Gladys Berejiklian told the media that what they've tried to accomplish is a healthy balance of providing residents freedom and permitting businesses to flourish, and at the same time, maintaining the basic principles of living in a COVID-19 safe way.

Australia will play the 3rd and final T20I match against India at the 48,000-seat Sydney Cricket Ground on 8th December.

The opening match of T20 at Canberra's Manuka Oval on 4th December and the 2nd game at the SCG on 6th December sold out fastly last month after capping at half-capacity.

Cricket Australia, which said in October that bio-secure measures and crowd restrictions could punch a A$120 million ($88 million) hole in their 2021 finances, will welcome the easing of crowd limits in New South Wales .

In January, the 3rd Test of the four-match series against India will also be hosted by the SCG.

In last month's State of Origin rugby league game in Brisbane, a crowd of 49,155 cheered Queensland to win over NSW, registered a world record stadium attendance for a sports event since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.