The GWS Giants are drawing up plans to host up to 350 corporate guests as early as at next week’s home game against North Melbourne, according to The Daily Telegraph.
If successful, they’ll become the first Australian sporting club to welcome back spectators since fans were banned from attending matches in March due to COVID-19.
The report states that Giants Stadium operator Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) are confident a NSW Government ruling announced on Monday allowing up to 50 people in restaurants would similarly apply to in-venue hospitality venues.
GWS Giants CEO Dave Matthews said while it was only a small number of people, the club was in talks to reopen some of their corporate facilities for games in the coming weeks.
“We are doing some work at the moment which suggests that as early as round two we might be able to make some corporate hospitality offerings,” Matthews told The Daily Telegraph.
“We’re in discussions with the AFL about that at the moment. The hospitality arrangements in NSW obviously are different to Victoria. What’s opened up a little bit here gives us an opportunity at Giants Stadium with the appropriate measures in place … so we’re just ¬ exploring that at the moment.
“If you can fit in (up to 350 people) who are essentially doing what you do in a restaurant, which is dining at an ¬appropriate distance and following the relevant protocols, we’re very keen to ¬explore that at the moment.”