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Lightning CEO Smith Welcomes Crowd Capacity Increase At USC Stadium

Sunshine Coast Lightning CEO Danielle Smith anticipates a vocal crowd at USC Stadium tonight after the Queensland Public Health Unit officially approved an increase in capacity to 1,000 fans.

Lightning Members and fans are known for creating a cauldron-like atmosphere at USC Stadium and Smith said even the limited crowd of 500 had a presence during Sunday’s games.

While the mid-week double header matches are an away fixture for the Club, Smith still believes our Members will show up to support all four netball teams.

“We think our fans are the most passionate in the league – even with 500 it was really loud in the venue, it was loud on broadcast,” Smith said.

“We are so lucky to have such passionate Members and fans here at Lightning.”

The increased capacity at future USC Stadium fixtures also mean Lightning can welcome their loyal Members back into the fold to support the Club and live netball on the Sunshine Coast.

However, any increase in stadium capacity hinges on crowds continuing to demonstrate social distancing and COVID-19 compliance measures.

“It will be a massive boost – we have been working really hard to do as much as we can to increase that capacity,” she said.

“It will be fantastic because we will be able to get all of our reserved seat members in and some of our non-ticketed Members.

“The crowd who were here on Sunday did all the right things, so thank you to each them as well.

“That has really helped us to be able to demonstrate that netball fans are diligent fans and they do the right thing – so we can run a COVID-19 safe event.”