Lightning's Stephanie Wood in action against NSW Swifts at USC Stadium last year. Photo Patrick Woods
Lightning's Stephanie Wood in action against NSW Swifts at USC Stadium last year. Photo Patrick Woods

USC Stadium crowd to be capped at 500

UPDATE: 3.30pm: Spectator capacity will be limited to 500 people inside USC Stadium as the Sunshine Coast Lightning take a "cautious" approach to its COVID safe plan for its first home game of 2020. 

Sunshine Coast Lightning CEO Danielle Smith said no tickets would be on sale for weekend's clash with the Collingwood Magpies.

However she said the club and stadium officials were working hard to improve the crowd capacity for future games.

"Our top membership are generally our most passionate and loyal who have been with us from day one, we have had to rationalise a little bit to get a few members through," Ms Smith said

"But we hope to open that up to everyone very quickly.

"We have already been giving our members (who may miss out) a number of initiatives through the COVID period, but we will make up that game somehow that they can access."

It is understood diamond members will be given first priority tickets.


INITIAL: Spectator numbers will be capped inside USC Stadium to watch the Sunshine Coast Lightning's first home match of the Super Netball season.

Lightning face the Collingwood Magpies on Sunday in what would normally be a packed house, however, coronavirus restrictions have made that impossible.

In an email to members, the club apologised for the changes and promised its members that they would be prioritised for future games.

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"Unfortunately, USC's Stadium's limited capacity for Sunday's Round 2 clash against Collingwood means we are unable to offer you game day access to this match," the email read.

"We are looking at several options later in the season to fulfil your 2020 Lightning membership entitlements.

"All reserved seat members will be prioritised first when it comes to all future ticket allocations at Lightning home games this season.

"We are working hard behind the scenes alongside USC with the aim to increase the crowd capacity for future fixtures."