6000-strong crowd at Sunshine Coast Stadium for Melbourne Storm versus Gold Coast Titans game.
6000-strong crowd at Sunshine Coast Stadium for Melbourne Storm versus Gold Coast Titans game.

Concerns stadium crowd could burst Coast’s safe COVID bubble

The Coast may have seemed like a knight in shining armour for some when it came to saving the 2020 football season.

But others were concerned a lack of social distancing could pop the safe COVID-19 bubble.

The Sunshine Coast is hosting NRL’s Melbourne Storm and AFL’s St Kilda Saints.

A 6000-strong crowd watched Melbourne Storm annihilate the Gold Coast Titans at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Friday night.

But unlike the Titans, it was the crowd who apparently was a little too close to their counterparts.

6000-strong crowd at Sunshine Coast Stadium for Melbourne Storm versus Gold Coast Titans game.
6000-strong crowd at Sunshine Coast Stadium for Melbourne Storm versus Gold Coast Titans game.

Vision circulating on social media show fans “packed like sardines” during the Round 10 game with many seemingly ignoring the State Government’s 1.5m social distancing guidelines.

Sunshine Coast Daily subscriber Matabele said it was actions like these which could jeopardise the Coast’s elite sporting bubble.

“Where on earth was the social distancing?” the reader said.

“The hills looked like they were packed in like sardines.

“Hope the Sunny Coast doesn’t get a spike in cases because of this negligence.”

Others used #nosocialdistancinghere to voice their concerns.

A police spokeswoman confirmed police had issued 2157 on-the-spot fines across the state since social distancing regulations commenced in March.

However, no fines were issued during Friday night’s game.

“The Queensland Police Service is committed to ensuring everyone complies with public health directions and will continue to enforce restrictions at the border,” the spokeswoman said.

“Vehicles will continue to be intercepted at random where police will verify declarations with identification.”

Sunshine Coast Stadium has been contacted for comment.

The stadium has capacity for 12,000 people, however numbers for Friday’s game were halved in accordance with a Government-approved COVID-19 Safe Plan.