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The Gold Coast Titans will become the first team to welcome back larger home crowds to sporting events in Queensland on Saturday after the State Government’s announcement that crowds of 2000 spectators will be allowed to return to matches this weekend.

The Titans’ home clash with the Dragons at Suncorp Stadium will be the first match played in front of fans since the COVID-19 restrictions came into effect after Round 1 of the NRL back in March.

Titans Chief Executive Steve Mitchell welcomed the news, and applauded the Queensland Government and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for their management of the COVID-19 crisis, and being able to deliver a fitting reward for Titans Members, fans and supporters.

“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.

“This is a great reward for Titans fans who have been unable to get along to support their team at games, and obviously a big boost for our playing group as well to be able to run onto the field and see and hear the support they have from the Titans Legion.

“This is a wonderful leap forward, but we are not yet at the ultimate goal of a return to full crowds at sporting events. We will continue to be guided by the Government and the NRL as we all work towards that goal.

“There will still be a number of public health restrictions and protocols in place at the venue to ensure the health and safety of our fans.

“But this is certainly a positive milestone for us, the NRL and sports fans in Queensland, and the Titans are delighted to be the first Queensland team to be back playing in front of our supporters this weekend.”

The Titans will this afternoon issue more information to Members, fans and supporters about attendance at this weekend’s game. That information will be made available at titans.com.au as soon as it becomes available.