Shruti Rathi | Melbourne | Dec 10, 2020
With inputs from Reuters
The Melbourne Cricket Ground will be permitted 30,000 fans per day during the Boxing Day Test between Australia and India after authorities eased crowd restrictions on Thursday.
The match was to be capped at 25,000 fans per day but Victoria sports minister Martin Pakula confirmed the increase on social media after the southern state confirmed it had notched its 41st consecutive day without a new case of COVID-19.
We’re so excited to be able to welcome so many fans to the MCG in what’s been such a challenging year for Victorians! 🏟 #AUSvIND
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) December 10, 2020
“We’re so excited to be able to welcome so many fans to the MCG in what’s been such a challenging year for Victorians,” Cricket Australia tweeted. In the first Test, while it will be a day-night contest in Adelaide, 50 per cent of the total capacity of the crowd will be allowed to enter the stadium.
For the fourth Test at Gabba, Brisbane, the stadium will be at 75 per cent of its total capacity. Australia had won the ODI series 2-1, while the Men in Blue walked away with the T20I series win. Before the first Test on December 17, the Indians will lock horns with Australia in a three-day pink-ball practice match.
The second test of the four-match series will be the first time fans have been allowed to attend the iconic stadium since 86,000 watched Australia win the Women’s T20 World Cup final against India in March.