Footy fans are being urged to plan ahead and stay vigilant to ensure everyone remains COVID Safe during the season’s finals.
From today NSW Stadiums can increase crowds from 25% to 50% capacity if a detailed COVID Action Plan has been provided.
Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said the decision based on NSW Health advice is a positive outcome for footy fans and major events in the state.
“Safely allowing more fans at the upcoming NRL finals will bring enjoyment, employment and will help stimulate the NSW economy, but keeping customers safe is of utmost importance. We are ensuring there are plenty of safe and efficient options to get people moving throughout our State during footy finals,” Mr Collins said.
“Those attending games are expected to wear a mask when they are not sitting at their seat. This includes walking to and from designated seats, using stadium facilities and of course on public transport when getting to and from the venue.
“We still require physical distancing on our public transport services and we will have regular train, bus, and light rail services running for games played at ANZ, Penrith, the SCG and Bankwest Stadiums,” Mr Collins said.
The increase in capacity will allow Bankwest Stadium to hold 15,000 people, the SCG to host 23,000, up to 40,000 at ANZ Stadium, and just over 7,000 at Penrith Stadium.
Mr Collins added regardless of the capacity, fans must still wear masks, physically distance and not use public transport or attend the game if they feel unwell.
“If you are able to, we urge you to drive, walk, cycle or catch a taxi or uber to see your team play in an effort to reduce numbers on public transport. Please abide by the road rules, pre-plan your parking and allow extra travel time.
“If you must catch public transport make sure you plan ahead and please maintain physical distancing, sit or stand on green spot approved places, maintain good hygiene, use Opal and contactless payments where needed, and we strongly recommend wearing a mask,” Mr Collins said.
“You will likely encounter longer wait times, so please be patient. I advise our customers to use TripPlanner, download the Opal Travel App or a third party app to monitor bus, train, ferry and light rail timetables and to see if your mode of transport is at capacity. If it is please wait for the next one, or seek out a different way of getting to the game.
“Our trains, buses, ferries and light rail services will continue to be cleaned regularly, and we will be monitoring patronage and have staff at key locations across the, with marshals out to help customers navigate busy interchanges.”
Ticket holders are advised to check their tickets for seating details and entry times.