The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has confirmed the capacity at GIO Stadium for next week’s Super Rugby AU Grand Final will be doubled.

The game between the Brumbies and Canberra Raiders, to be held in the capital city of Canberra next Saturday, will be played in front of 6,000 people at the 25,011-capacity stadium.

ACT chief health officer Kerryn Coleman has granted an exemption after the increase to a 25 per cent capacity stadium was endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee in June.

In addition, the ACT has not recorded a new COVID-19 case in more than eight weeks.

Tickets will be released in stages so officials can scale the attendance back if restrictions tighten.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr added, according to the Canberra Times: “Given the capacity of the venue, you can have 6000 physically distant people who can enjoy the game. It’ll give a greater atmosphere to the venue, not quite the same as Canberra Stadium full, but must be better than playing in front of hundreds or no crowd at all.”

Formula 1

More than 13,000 tickets are expected to go on sale for Formula One’s return to Imola for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Italy.

The November 1 event still requires official confirmation of permission to open the race to fans from the regional authorities, though AutoSport claims the plan has been provisionally agreed.

The former San Marino GP venue is set to host its first F1 event in 14 year after it fell over the calendar as more races were added outside Europe.

In addition to tickets on sale to the public, Imola is looking to welcome 500 Paddock Club guests, plus 500 guests from local sponsors and 300 more from the regional authority.

Image: Canberra Stadium