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Cairns seek clar­ity on crowd sizes

- SIMEON THOMAS-WIL­SON Sports · AFL Football · Australian Football · Cairns · Arena Football League · Queensland · Queensland Health · Donald Gary Young · Gold Coast · Carlton · Hawthorn · Geelong · North Melbourne · Melbourne · Essendon · Brisbane

CAZALYS Sta­dium man­age­ment will to­day find out how many fans will be al­lowed when at least three AFL games head to Cairns.

The next round of fix­tures for the sea­son will be re­leased this week, and Cairns will get as many as four games and two teams mov­ing into a Far North Queens­land hub.

AFL Cairns will meet Queens­land Health of­fi­cials to­day for guid­ance on spec­ta­tor num­bers.

AFL Cairns boss Gary Young re­cently trav­elled to the Gold Coast to see how Metricon Sta­dium jug­gled matches and COVID-19 pro­to­cols.

“We are hop­ing for 4000 to 4500 peo­ple,” Young (pic­tured) said. “Our ca­pac­ity is 13,500 so we think that can work. We have a hill, a grand­stand and cor­po­rate ar­eas to spread peo­ple out.”

Nu­mer­ous teams have been linked with a Cairns visit, in­clud­ing Carl­ton, Hawthorn, Gee­long, North Mel­bourne, West Coast and Essendon.

Bris­bane and Gold Coast are also in the frame.

“That would be great if the two Queens­land teams could come up and play games,” Young said. “There is a lot of ex­cite­ment around at the prospect of games com­ing up here.”

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