AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan expects the League’s 2022 season to be less affected by closures and lockouts than its past two editions, planning to keep matches going as planned even if the clubs are affected by COVID-19.
With all players and staff now required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, which they were not in the heavily affected 2020 and 2021 seasons, McLachlan is confident clubs will not have to relocate between states for long periods of time, as they have been forced to do. in the previous two seasons, and mass fixture changes will be avoided.
Vowing the League “will play”, McLachlan told Melbourne radio station 3AW “we have shown we can do it (play in hubs or bubbles) but we plan to play the games as scheduled.
“Teams if they lose players can deal with it, we’ll keep playing.
“It’s living with COVID, in our mindset, year three.
“We want our supporters to know that they can plan this year to come to the games, buy their tickets, organize themselves and come to the game and enjoy it with their family and friends.”
As reported last week, the AFL has spent $76 million over the past two seasons to maintain its competition during the pandemic.
Able to handle capacity crowds across Victoria, up to 100,000 fans will be allowed at the MCG when the season begins on March 16, with Melbourne Premiers hosting the Western Bulldogs in a Grand Final rematch of Last year.
The AFL has also announced a general admission ticket price freeze for all games at the MCG and Marvel Stadium this season.
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