The crowd for the sold-out NRL grand final at Suncorp Stadium has been slashed to 75 per cent capacity after the Queensland government announced new COVID-19 restrictions.

Just three days out from Brisbane’s first decider, the NRL is facing ticketing disaster as the threat of lockdown bears down on south-east Queensland, with six new coronavirus cases recorded in the state.

New restrictions have reduced the capacity to 40,000 instead of 52,500, with all tickets sold for Sunday’s game.

Townsville remains on standby to hold the premiership decider between South Sydney and Penrith on Sunday should case numbers increase in the coming days and force a last-minute shift.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk denied on Thursday she was resisting a lockdown to facilitate the NRL grand final, saying she would lock down the state if the health advice called for it.

“Let me make it very clear that the health of Queenslanders comes first and as soon as (Queensland chief health officer) Dr (Jeannette) Young says we needed to move into a lockdown we will,” she said.

The NRL has confirmed that any lockdown would trigger the game being relocated to Townsville.



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