While the State Government refuses to be moved on making travel exemptions for AFL clubs travelling to SA, fans could be filing into Adelaide Oval sooner than we first thought.

The Advertiser reports that the Stadium Management Authority, the administrators of Adelaide Oval are in talks with both SA clubs along with other codes and the SA Government to try and gett crowds back at games this year.

While most conjecture up until this point had pointed to there being very little chance of any crowds returning to the oval this year, the news opens the door to sport being played before at least some fans again in 2020.

An Adelaide Oval spokesperson told The Advertiser that the return of crowds to Adelaide Oval is likely to occur in stages, much like the staged easing of restrictions in broader society.

While there is no clarity as yet on how the return of crowds is likely to look, there are suggestions that any crowds would have to adhere to existing COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.

SA is preparing to welcome a touring India cricket team to Adelaide Oval later this year, with the team expected to stay at Adelaide Oval’s new on-grounds hotel.

SACA and the SMA are thought to be exploring the possibility of fans attending matches against India at Adelaide Oval over summer.