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Queensland fans will be welcomed back to games this weekend (Getty Images)

NRL crowds to return to Queensland games in round 6


The Gold Coast Titans will become the first NRL team to welcome back larger home crowds this Saturday after the Queensland Government gave the green light for fans to attend games live.

On Wednesday it was announced crowds of 2000 spectators will be allowed to return to matches in Queensland this weekend. The Titans’ home game against the Dragons at Suncorp Stadium will be the first match played in front of fans since the COVID-19 restrictions halted the game after round two.

Titans CEO Steve Mitchell applauded the Queensland Government and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for their management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This is obviously great news for the Titans and the NRL, but for fans of sports across Queensland," Mitchell said.

"The past few months have been tough on everyone, and the hard work done by the NRL in getting our competition restarted gave us a feeling that life was finally returning to normal.

"Thanks to the Premier and her Government in containing the virus in Queensland, we are now at the stage where we are able to take the next step on the journey back to normal life, with 2000 spectators able to come to Suncorp Stadium on Saturday to enjoy a day at the footy."

While things are starting to get back to normal with fans in attendance, there will still be a number of public health restrictions and protocols in place at the venue to ensure the health and safety of fans.

North Queensland and Brisbane are travelling to NSW for matches this weekend, but the Cowboys return to Townsville next Saturday to host the Knights while the Brisbane Broncos and the Titans clash later that day at Suncorp Stadium.

Broncos captain Alex Glenn was keen to see a few real-life faces and not just cardboard cut-outs in the stands at Suncorp next weekend.

"It is only a couple of thousand that is going to be at the game but that is amazing progress for our game. Everyone wants to be there. Us players love having the fans there that lift your adrenaline out there," he said.

"When I was out there for 40 minutes [against the Eels in round three] when you scored a try it was so quiet and so weird.

"To have 2000 fans at the stadium is going to be amazing and hopefully there can be increased limits in the following weeks."

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