Stadiums in Victoria will be able to host 75 per cent capacity crowd starting with Thursday's AFL


Australia becomes envy of the world as MCG gets set to welcomes crowd of 75,000 at AFL clash between Carlton and Collingwood

  • Up to 75,000 fans will descend on the MCG for Thursday night’s AFL clash 
  • Crowds in Victoria were limited to 50 per cent for round one due to Covid
  • Capacity has been lifted to 43,440 at Marvel Stadium and 27,819 at GMHBA

The MCG could host the biggest sports crowd in the world since the COVID-19 pandemic began with up to 75,000 fans at the MCG for Thursday night’s AFL clash between Carlton and Collingwood.

Crowds in Victoria were limited to 50 per cent capacity for round one.

Acting Premier James Merlino said on Tuesday that from Thursday’s match between the Blues and the Magpies, stadiums would be able to fill to 75 per cent as part of the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions in the state.

Last week, the MCG played host to the biggest crowd in the southern hemisphere since the beginning of the pandemic, with 49,218 fans attending the season opener between Richmond and Carlton

Last week, the MCG played host to the biggest crowd in the southern hemisphere since the beginning of the pandemic, with 49,218 fans attending the season opener between Richmond and Carlton

Up to 75,000 fans will pour into the MCG for Thursday night's AFL clash between Carlton and Collingwood

Up to 75,000 fans will pour into the MCG for Thursday night’s AFL clash between Carlton and Collingwood

If attendance for Thursday night’s game is close to capacity, it will comfortably be the biggest sports crowd in Australia since 86,174 fans attended the MCG for the Women’s T20 World Cup final on March 8, 2020 – days before coronavirus was declared a global pandemic.

Last week, the MCG played host to the biggest crowd in the southern hemisphere since the beginning of the pandemic, with 49,218 fans attending the season opener between Richmond and Carlton.

The AFL confirmed ticket allocations would increase in line with the bolstered venue capacity – with club and AFL members prioritised, while general public tickets will also be available.

Marvel Stadium’s capacity has been lifted to 43,440 fans, while up to 27,819 people are permitted at Friday night’s game between Geelong and Brisbane at GMHBA Stadium.

St Kilda play Melbourne at Marvel Stadium on Saturday.

On Sunday Hawthorn host Richmond at the MCG while the Western Bulldogs will play West Coast at Marvel Stadium.

Before the season opener, chief executive Gillon McLachlan said he hoped to see a full capacity crowd permitted for the traditional Anzac Day clash

Before the season opener, chief executive Gillon McLachlan said he hoped to see a full capacity crowd permitted for the traditional Anzac Day clash

Meanwhile, Ballarat’s Mars Stadium can now host 8,335 fans.

The AFL is hopeful crowd capacity at venues will continue to increase in the rounds to come.

Before the season opener, chief executive Gillon McLachlan said he hoped to see a full capacity crowd permitted for the traditional Anzac Day clash.

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