Would you let a major sporting organisation track your movements for State of Origin 2020 tickets? Peter V’landys has expressed the NRL are considering the drastic strategy.
The NRL is considering the expectation of allowing rugby league fans to attend the highly-anticipated State of Origin series, but only if they let the organisation track their movements on an app.
State of Origin 2020 will not be predetermined until October at the earliest, but as the coronavirus infection rate drops in Australia, the NRL is looking at potential strategies for endorsing crowd attendance.
When the NRL come-back in late May, spectators understandably will not be granted, and as Australia continues to flatten the curve, delaying Origin increases the chance of a crowd being in attendance.
Condition for access to State of Origin 2020 is totally dependent on forthcoming social distancing limitations, but ARLC chair Peter V’landys has mentioned a bizarre strategy for allowing NRL fans to witness the sport’s showpiece event.
“We put people on an app and if you’re a really hardcore supporter and you can stay at home for 14 days and isolate yourself and we track you on the app, you can go to the game,” V’landys told Triple M on Saturday.
New South Wales coach Brad Fittler floated a same idea at the beginning this month, suggesting the unusual initiative could be beneficial for the NRL Grand Final as well.
“You could sell tickets and those people go on to an app and they have to self-isolate for the two weeks prior,” Fittler said on Freddy & The Eighth.
“They have to go through some testing to turn up and make the grand final the first day where there’s a crowd, and you have all corona free people who have been isolating get tested on the way in.”
Broadcast partners Channel 9 and Foxtel accepted to a May 28th restart date on Friday, with the competition’s formation to be finalised early next week.
During the mid-season, Origin traditionally takes place, but V’landys confirmed that the series of three-match would be pushed back to after the premiership’s conclusion.
“State of Origin will be after the grand final,” V’landys said.
“We need to consult the players and the clubs naturally, but that is our plan.”
Channel 9 initially obliged a belated Origin series, knowing that it would clash with the Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup.
V’landys believes that, NRL clubs, featuring Origin squad members would be notably disadvantaged if their vital players were not present during the condensed premiership.
“Because there are less rounds that will be played, no matter where we land on the rounds, there will still be less than there has been in previous years,” V’landys said.
“You want to leave the player roster for the clubs to be able to compete to get into the finals.”
V’landys also revealed that there is possibility, NRL might look into of rewarding Australian hardworking health workers by granting them access to Origin matches.
“We may not have crowds of a normal State of Origin, but a limited crowd with social distancing, and there’s a few ideas we have in rewarding the emergency workers,” V’landys said.
“That came from one of the TV stations, which I think is a very good idea.”
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