Nearly 20,000 fans attend New Zealand rugby match post coronavirus

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Sports have been having a difficult time surviving without fans. The fan base helps teams to offset their expenses.

For months, many sports leagues were either shut down completely. However, in May, sports began to come back without fans in attendance.

Fans attend the Highlanders and Chiefs game in New Zealand (Getty Images)

New Zealand welcomed back fans on Saturday to a sporting event. Recently, it was announced that New Zealand does not have the coronavirus.

It is considered eliminated in that country.

With no coronavirus restrictions in place, nearly 20,000 people attended a rugby match on Saturday. The Otago Highlanders defeated the Waikato Chiefs, 28-27, in the Super Rugby Aotearoa Tournament at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

“It’s massive,” the country’s sports minister, Grant Robertson, said on the sidelines, according to KTLA. “It’s a world first and it’s a payoff for all the hard work of 5 million New Zealanders.”

Since the start of the pandemic, New Zealand had 22 coronavirus-related deaths. It’s been at least three weeks since the last coronavirus patient in the country.

Masks were barely seen at the match, according to reports, and fans were hugging each other. 

The tournament hit the pause button in March due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Three months later, the tournament returned with a ruckus crowd, who were excited to see their favorite teams play once again. 

Besides New Zealand, the Super Rugby  tournament also hosts teams from Argentina, Australia, South Africa, and Japan. New Zealand has the most teams in the tournament with five. 

Australia and South Africa have four teams each. Argentina and Japan have one team each in the tournament. 

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