I'm with the majority most VFL matches struggle get 1000 on a good day! So I don't think this a big worry!
How many of the standalone clubs have more than 1000 REAL members not including players and staff anyway ?
Another display of how low the opinion of the AFL and the media has of the VFL is that on the TV womens games it was put out - no doubt from the AFL media dept that both matches at Punt Road and Victoria Park were the first REAL AFL matches for decades at those those grounds.
For starters they are not AFL matches and second quite ironically they play 16 a side which is rarely mentioned LOL!
What utter BS!
Preston's first home game I am sure will be capable of getting more than 1000. Frankston's first game under lights would double that easy. Opening home games for the other VFA clubs Port, Willy and Coburg especially after 12 months off you would think they would at least get the 1000 mark especially with good weather.
I am sure many people would be keen for a few VFL games this year especailly if supporters of AFL clubs are limited because of crowd caps.
Surely the size of the crowd allowed at a game has to be decided by the crowd capacity of the ground being played on? A lot of the VFL games will be played on AFL grounds.
Really the only AFL grounds used now are Geelong and a few curtain raisers at Turd dome,I agree it would be ludicrous to have the 1000 limit at those grounds which hold 50,000 or so
A cap of 1000 is bloody ridiculous......putting even more strain on cash-strapped standalone clubs. Crowds at VFL games rarely cause a breach of social distancing rules anyway, so why not leave us alone? Frankston will get double that to a practice match in a few weeks!
I thought they would have gone with a quarter of stadium capacity. After Dans sudden lockdown this weekend I dare say that at some point in the season we will have games played without fans (or cancellation of games all together). Is the 1000 people a stadium total - ie does it include staff (players, coaches, canteen, bat staff etc) or is it 1000 fans allowed ? In any case it is a number that will be reached several times throughout the season. I can think of at least 5 occasions last season that Port played infront of more than 1000 at home and a few away games exceeded 1000 as well.
Alternatively some might say be grateful that you get to see football at all in 2021 as many sports sides overseas are playing in locked out stadiums.
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Teams can apply to have more than 1000 fans if they provide a COVID-safe plan for approval. I think a number of VFL teams should look at this for at least one home game in the opening few rounds to allow them to generate some revenue before it gets cold and crowds drop away.
Think all the clubs should apply for more than 1000. Would be very surprised if any matches got under 1000 for the opening round.
I understand AFL are working with the clubs about issues with ticketing similiar to AFL and AFLW at the moment it will be most likely be electronic ticketing this year. If you are a member of home club (outside AFL Curtain Raiser games) it won't cost you anything to get in but you probably need an electronic(or mobile) ticket to get in, which helps with contract tracing and making sure clubs don't exceed there maximum attendances. Possibly using either Ticketek or Ticketmaster websites.
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