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Gates open? Storm working on plan to get fans back

Plans are taking shape to bring back crowds to NRL matches at AAMI Park this season, with Melbourne Storm hoping to be used as a “test case” for the safe return of fans to sporting events in Victoria. 

The Herald Sun can reveal that Storm approached the Victorian Government last week about being the first professional sporting code in the state to have small numbers of fans attend matches.

The NRL season will resume without crowds on May 28, but with coronavirus restrictions continuing to be eased there is hope some fans could return to sporting events in the not-too-distant future.

“We understand there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge but once we received the all clear from the Victorian Government to return to train and return to play, our next consideration immediately was returning to host crowds,” Melbourne Storm chief executive Dave Donaghy said.

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