Blues-Crusaders, which was to be the last game of the Super Rugby Aotearoa has been called off.
Three days ago, New Zealand confirmed their first community cases (4) of the coronavirus in over 100 days and are now moving quickly to see that the ripple effects are avoided. Owing to that, New Zealand has been placed on alert.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed Auckland will remain at alert Level 3 until August 26. This restriction has pushed officials to cancel the Blues-Crusaders game indefinitely.
The game at Forsyth-Barr in Dunedin has been placed under Level 2 restrictions which will allow it to proceed but with no crowds.
The outbreak of community transmission of Covid-19 in South Auckland plunged the Super City into Level 3 lockdown on Wednesday, while the rest of the country will remain at Level 2 for a further 12 days.
Canceling the game will also cost the Blues and New Zealand Rugby up to $1 million in lost revenue, as we can confirm that the 43,236 tickets sold for Sunday’s match generate gate takings between $800,000 and $1 million, with net profit, thought to be around the $450,000 to $500,000 range.
Blues fans will miss seeing Daniel Carter wear the blue uniform as he was set to make his debut for the Auckland based side this weekend. There, however, will be refunds for the fans who purchased tickets. Over 15,000 tickets had been purchased for the Highlanders-Hurricanes game while over 43,000 had been purchased for Blues-Crusaders.
This was set to be the last weekend of the 10-week long New Zealand only Super Rugby Aotearoa. Crusaders were confirmed winners last weekend after their win over Highlanders.