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Victorian COVID lockdown forces AFL to change weekend fixture plans
The Victorian Government’s seven-day lockdown of the state is forcing the AFL to make changes in both attendance and locations of various games over the coming weekend, confirming that all round 11 Premiership matches in Victoria will continue, but with no fans in attendance.
With the lockdown having commenced as of midnight, tonight’s game between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Marvel Stadium will be the first to go ahead under the new lockdown conditions.
All Demons staff and players have been tested today for COVID-19, reportedly all returning negative results, as a result of one of its players having visited a tier 1 exposure site on Sunday.
Advising that the League was going to operate with the same mindset as the 2020 season, AFL Chief Executive, Gillon McLachlan stated “the changes this week have been necessary to best deal with the evolving situation in Victoria and we thank the Victorian state government for allowing us to proceed with matches minus crowds this weekend.
“The changes are in place for this round only and the AFL will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days before making any decisions on future rounds.
“It is disappointing for fans in Victoria to not be able to attend the footy this weekend, but the events of the last 24 hours reiterate the reasons why we have put in place the contact tracing requirements at matches - all to best keep fans and the community as safe as possible as we continue to navigate through the pandemic.
“Even though it is not rolling out as we planned, this weekend’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round is an important recognition and we look forward to celebrating the brilliance of all Indigenous players, past and present over the next two weekends.”
This is the second significant change for the AFL’s 2021 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic with Western Australia teams, West Coast and Fremantle, having to play with no crowds due to the Perth lockdown in April as well as a game relocation in round 8 from Optus Stadium to The Gabba.
There is a likely chance that more games will need to be rescheduled following round 11, depending on the results of the lockdown as well as number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria.
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26th May 2021 - Fans to get Coronavirus tests after Marvel Stadium alert
21st May 2021 - Concepts revealed for AFLNT’s new Darwin Stadium plan
17th May 2021 - Construction commences on AFLW Brisbane Lions new stadium
6th May 2021 - AFL clubs reach one million members for 2021
19th April 2021 - AFLW’s 2021 season sees ongoing growth
13th April 2021 - Uncertainty over Victorian stadia returning to full capacity
20th March 2021 - Colin Carter appointed to review Tasmania’s case for AFL team
26th February 2021 - MCG set to welcome 50,000 fans for AFL season opener
17th February 2021 - Year of ‘sacrifices’ sees AFL report $22.8 million loss
12th February 2021 - AFLW reaches membership record in fifth season
4th January 2021 - AFL stakeholders advance stadium plans in Cairns and Darwin
24th December 2020 - AFL announces broadcast agreement extensions with Foxtel and Telstra
21st October 2020 - Quayclean staff the unsung heroes of the AFL season
20th October 2020 - AFL’s Gabba Grand Final to be played in front of 30,000 fans
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