The Chronicle

Blow to fans for match


THOUSANDS of footy fans who snapped up last-minute tickets to Sunday’s NRL grand final will be barred from the game after Queensland’s latest Covid measures cut capacity to 75 per cent.

Suncorp Stadium was on track for a 52,000-spectator sellout, but capacity has now been reduced to 39,000.

Affected ticket holders will be offered refunds, but any other spectator uncomforta­ble with the escalating Covid crisis is also eligible for a refund.

Exactly who qualifies for the 75 per cent capacity will be determined by a first-in, bestdresse­d policy in each section, meaning those who were the first to snap up tickets would be rewarded while those who got last-minute tickets are likely to miss out.

NRL Chief Executive Andrew Abdo said a “first in” policy was the fairest way to determine the allocation of tickets at a reduced capacity.

All fans would also have the opportunit­y to access a refund if they no longer wish to attend and can do so by contacting Ticketek. Fans impacted by the reduction in capacity were to be advised yesterday.

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