Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will return to their spiritual home of Lottoland for their round eight NRL Premiership match against the Newcastle Knights.
In exciting news for Coach Des Hasler and the team, the match was originally scheduled to be played at Central Coast Stadium as part of strict COVID-19 measures but will now be played at Lottoland on Sunday, July 5, at 4.05pm.
The decision follows an Australian Rugby League Commission announcement last week to allow NRL clubs to return to their standard home venues in round eight under capped crowds following an improvement in biosecurity measures.
The Sea Eagles used Central Coast Stadium as their home ground venue, one of the venues chosen in phase 1 of the 2020 NRL season resumption. The boutique Gosford ground has seen Manly keep their impressive winning record there intact with victories over the Bulldogs and the Broncos.
Although the Sea Eagles will return to Lottoland, given the current circumstances around the game and the COVID-19 protocols in place, only Members will be afforded the opportunity to attend the Knights match.
With all NRL clubs restricted by capped crowds (using the 25% of capacity and the 1 person per 4 square metre for indoor corporate areas rules), it means the Sea Eagles will operate a ballot system to manage access to home games for Members.
All Full Season Members (10 game entitlement) are eligible for the Knights match and will be automatically entered in this ballot.
It is important to note that due to the crowd cap and the various COVID-Safe protocols that will be in place, the venue will need to be configured and managed differently.
This means that for Sea Eagles Members who hold a reserved seat in the grandstands, if you are successful in securing access to the game, you will be allocated a seat but not necessarily the one you are used to.
The Sea Eagles are hopeful that, all going well, restrictions will be eased further in the coming weeks which would allow the club to host larger crowds and accommodate all Ticketed Members.
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