AFL fans who took part in a COVID-Safe trial at The Gabba this week gave the venue a thumbs up and provided some invaluable feedback ahead of the finals series.
The trial took place at the recent Collingwood vs Port Adelaide game as part of planning for increased capacity of 75% under an enhanced set of health principles for the AFL Grand Final on 24 October.
Gabba General Manager, Mark Zundans said Queensland has led Australia with the return of crowds to our world-class venues under COVID-Safe plans approved by Queensland Health.
“More than 400,000 people have returned to watch sport at our major stadiums across Queensland since restrictions were eased in late May,” Mr Zundans said.
“Participants in the trial were overwhelmingly supportive of the COVID-Safe measures already put in place within the venue,” Mr Zundans said.
“It was also clear that patrons felt more comfortable wearing a mask only when they were moving into a crowded area such as upon entry, exit or when moving about the concourses as opposed to being seated.
“We will carefully consider the feedback to provide the safest possible venue experience and continue to build on the great work already done by all Queenslanders.”
Patrons who took part in the trial were asked to take part in a short survey.
Hand sanitiser was accessible to all at the venue, as it is at all Stadiums Queensland venues and those taking part in the trial were offered face masks.
Key findings from the trial:
97% of those surveyed used hand sanitiser
88% used hand sanitiser more than once
97% of patrons either brought their own face mask or accessed masks available at the venue
47% of patrons wore their mask while inside the venue at some point during the game
100% of patrons surveyed reported some form of COVID-Safe messaging at the venue (E.G. video messages, COVID signage)
70% of patrons felt event specific protocols were clearly messaged
The opportunity to be part of the trial was offered to members of The Gabba and Brisbane Lions Football Club who were offered complimentary tickets to the game.