Optus Stadium COVID crowd capacity could get bumped up for grand final

The West Australian government is considering changing Optus Stadium's COVID-19 rules to allow more people to attend events, potentially in time to host the AFL grand final.

Premier Mark McGowan said he had asked the state’s chief health officer whether the stadium could move to the 2-square-metre rule which other venues are currently subject to, rather than just restrict the stadium to half its capacity, or 30,000 people.

The WA government may raise the number of fans allowed at Optus Stadium to 36,000.

"Optus Stadium is currently a bit of an anomaly, in that we just say it can only have half capacity, which is 30,000 people," Mr McGowan said.

"If it went to the 2-square-metre rule then it could have 36,000 people or so. That would be consistent with every other venue across the state."

The four states in the running for the showpiece event will make pitches to the AFL this week.

WA, Queensland, South Australia and even NSW will all mount their case to host the 2020 grand final.

While the AFL and Victorian government all but accepts the big dance will not be at the MCG, a contract with the AFL until 2057 means the Victorian government will have a say in the AFL's decision on this year's venue.

The pitches from the states will conclude on Thursday, with a decision to follow shortly afterwards.

The Gabba has been widely viewed as the front-runner. There were almost 14,000 people at the Gabba on Sunday for Brisbane's win over St Kilda, which is close to the current restricted limit.

with Jake Niall

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