Geelong’s GHMBA Stadium will on Saturday become the first Victorian sports venue since March to open to crowds for a friendly match A-League club Western United and NPL club North Geelong Warriors.
While only 200 members of the public will be permitted to attend, United have declared it as a “milestone for the state” following the recent second wave of COVID-19 that sent Victoria into lockdown.
All 200 tickets have already been snapped up, with none available at the gate on Saturday.
Spectators will have to sit in the bay and row numbers that appear on their tickets, and will be expected to follow social distancing rules.
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Family groups will be permitted to sit together at the game, which kicks off at 3pm (AEDT).
The return of fans comes just days after reports that MCG crowds could return to 75 per cent capacity for the start of next year’s AFL season.
Meanwhile, United have signed teenage striker Ayom Majok on a two-year scholarship deal.
Majok scored nine goals for South Australian NPL club Cumberland United this year.
“I’m excited to be here and I can’t wait,” 17-year-old Majok said.
“The coach (Mark Rudan) has impressed me a lot and he’s one of the reasons I came here.”
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