The Australian Government has advised that non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people should not proceed. They have further announced that from midnight yesterday, all international arrivals to Australia must self-quarantined for 14 days.
In response, Super Rugby has suspended the competition, which unfortunately impacts the game scheduled at the SCG on 28 March. The NRL and AFL have announced that their competitions will play games for broadcast only from this week, with no supporters attending.
Broadcast revenues are critical for the financial viability of our sports partners who we enjoy supporting. We understand it’s disappointing not being able to attend the games, and there are costs for the SCG to host broadcast only fixtures.
However, we recognise the importance of televised coverage to our audiences and the long-term sustainability of our sport partners’ playing matches at the SCG.
At the moment, we don’t know how long this will last or what games might be rescheduled at a later date. In the meantime, all day passes and reserved seats have been refunded for matches played behind closed doors. We will not take any further bookings until access to events is clarified.
Sports, events, governments and corporate organisations around the world are taking steps to arrest the spread of the virus. You will have seen that many events outside sport have also been cancelled like the Easter Show and Vivid.
The focus of our efforts has been and will continue to be on the well-being and safety of our staff, members, athletes and visitors to the SCG precinct.
This is an unprecedented situation and we do not have all of the answers at this stage. We will continue to provide updates as new developments come to hand and decisions are made.
As you can imagine, the current situation is causing significant financial pressure on the SCG and our sports partners. This is a critical time for the sports industry and our home teams and codes need our collective support now as much as ever.
Our membership program has contributed greatly to the fabric of the society in Sydney and NSW since it was established in the 1880s. We look forward to working with you and our sports partners to contribute in different ways until our community passes this current challenge.