Jane Howlett,Minister for Sport and Recreation
The Tasmanian Government welcomes an agreement that would allow up to 25 per cent seated capacity at UTAS Stadium in Launceston if the Tasmanian State League grand final is confirmed as being played at that venue.
Following a review by Worksafe Tasmania, Public Health and Communities, Sport and Recreation, the decision would enable more than 3000 spectators to be seated in UTAS Stadium for the grand final, to be played on Saturday, 17 October.
While it is yet to be confirmed which team will host the grand final, a crowd of more than 3000 fans would be welcomed by Tasmanian football fans following a season of restricted attendances, due to the necessary COVID-19 restrictions that have needed to be put in place.
UTAS Stadium has a seated capacity of more than 13,500 people with numbered seats enabling spectators to receive designated seated tickets.
A framework is currently being developed by the Tasmanian Government to provide clear guidance to organisers in planning for events, which is intended for release later this month.
The grand final, should it be played at UTAS Stadium, will provide useful information and learnings for the ongoing development of this framework.
I am confident that with the work that has already gone into the planning for the grand final, a larger capacity seated crowd can be safely accommodated at UTAS Stadium in line with the venue’s COVID-Safe plan.