During the Boxing Day Test between Australia and India, 30,000 fans a day will be allowed at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) after authorities relaxed crowd restrictions on Thursday.
The match was to be capped at 25,000 fans a day but Victoria sports minister Martin Pakula announced the social media raise after the southern state confirmed that without a new case of Covid-19 it had notched its 41st consecutive day.
The second Test of the four-match series will be the first time since 86,000 saw Australia win the Women’s T20 World Cup final against India in March, fans have been allowed to visit the famous stadium.
The MCG’s reopening comes after a lengthy hiatus when, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, stadiums and sporting enclosures were forced to shut down internationally.
Plans to reopen venues, as seen in the UK, were also postponed as cases surged. In September, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that, due to a sharp uptick in Covid-19 incidents, the expected return of spectators to sports stadiums in England could be on hold for six months.
Professional sport, including football matches in the Premier League as well as domestic and international cricket matches, has mainly been played behind closed doors after it returned earlier this year following the suspension of Covid-19.