Tickets for Dubbo's first ever NRL premiership will be available in just a few short weeks.
Tickets for the match at Apex Oval between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Penrith Panthers on May 23 are expected to be released in mid-March.
Dubbo Regional Council mayor Ben Shields said council staff are working with the Rabbitohs to ensure the event meets with social distancing guidelines.
"Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) staff are working with NSW Health and NSW Police Force to ensure the primary health objectives are met, and the event is safe to attend," Clr Shields said.
An event of this magnitude will bring sporting fans from around NSW to Dubbo and Clr Shields said the council are working to maximise the number of spectators who can attend the event.
"Crowd numbers will be maintained through ticket sales and we are currently investigating other ways to ensure that crowds adhere to social distancing requirements.
"When these measures are confirmed, we'll be sure to inform the community."
Social distancing measures can be in place comfortably in the grandstand of Apex Oval but the grass area may be more difficult to separate a large crowd of people and Clr Shields said DRC staff are aware of this.
"We are conscious that some areas may be harder to adhere to social distancing, and we are looking at options, which includes limiting ticket sales, security, user-pay police and COVID marshals to ensure social distancing is followed. Council will advise what these requirements will be closer to the date. Plans will also be in place should restrictions ease, or capacity reduced even further."
Council have also announced they are accepting expressions of interest from businesses and organisations to provide food and beverages to the NRL fixture.
More information can be found on the DRC website, with applications closing on Tuesday March 23 at 10am.
DRC are also calling for Dubbo homes and businesses to become involved in the event by creating a footy menu or decorating their workplace or home in the colours of either South Sydney or Penrith.
Many Western NSW exports are likely to feature in the match.
Penrith's co-captain Isaah Yeo, Matt Burton, Charlie Staines and Billy Burns along with South Sydney's Braidon Burns all hail from the region.
Brisbane's Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium is currently the only available NRL round for fans to be able to purchase tickets.
The NRL season is set to kick off on Thursday March 11 with the Rabbitohs taking on the defending premier Melbourne Storm.
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