‘How good is that!’ Sport bosses sound off on crowd limits
THE North Mackay Saints women’s team could be the first to return to full contact training on Friday night.
Saints president Peter Wood welcomed the news of unlimited crowd numbers at community sporting events, labelling it “great news for community sport”.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced that from noon on Friday, July 3, there would be no cap on crowd numbers at outdoor sporting events.
Full contact sport also will be given the green light, opening the door for sports like Aussie rules and rugby league to train as normal.
Up until now there has been a 60-person cap on non-contact trainings, in three groups of no more than 20.
“Now that we don’t have to plan for 100 we’re basically back to a regular game day,” Wood said.
“Back to a full day of footy, from 7.30am to 5.30pm. How good is that?”
Mackay Regional Football Zone general manager Anthony Nobilia said the news would come as a significant relief to both the organisation and its member clubs.
“We’ve had this burden on us for many months now … this lifting of the ban makes us all feel a little more normal,” Nobilia said.
“Knowing that crowds can come into one particular venue is also good for our clubs from a financial perspective as well. It will help them prosper more and plan a little better financially.
“This will relieve that burden and a lot of worry that some clubs had.”