MANY Ballarat sport fans will remain locked out of their home venues this week with the state government's easing restrictions failing to take into account indoor arenas, which will remain with just a 300 capacity.
It means Basketball Ballarat's home matches for the Ballarat Rush and Miners against Kilsyth on Saturday night will see just corporates and 100 reserved seat holders be allowed into the venue, with no tickets available to the public.
And although AFL matches will allow crowds of up to 25,000 people in Victoria, a supporter group says they won't run a bus due to the lack of numbers, meaning many sport fans will miss out yet again.
But the association which is set to lose out most is Basketball Ballarat which was already reeling due to the cancelation of the Queen's Birthday Basketball Tournament and the loss of home matches during the recent lockdown.
Basketball Ballarat chief executive Neville Ivey said hosting a game this week would be a challenge with such a small attendance.
With up to 60 players and officials from each club and the need for first aid, security, cleaners and NBL1 officials, it means only corporate and reserve seat holders will be able to attend the matches this Saturday night.
"It's very challenging that's for sure," Mr Ivey said. "What we'd hoped for was that we were going to move to a percentage of capacity as each venue has of different size and scale.
"What we'd hoped was for 20 per cent, which would have allowed us for 600. we could put physical distancing in, spread people across the three stands."
Mr Ivey said it was incumbent on the club to look after those that had supported it most.
"We've got about 100 reserve seating members, that just so happens to coincide with how many we've got, when we do the calculations.
"These individuals have paid their hard earned to reserve those seats."
Mr Ivey said he expects the restrictions to be in place for this weekend and next week's home games.
He said the association had done it tough this year, having lost "Tens of thousands of dollars over the Queen's Birthday weekend".
"Even these games, if you average it out at $10 a head and you have 1000 people, it's not hard to do the maths."
Meanwhile, AFL fans who can travel to Melbourne this weekend also say the ongoing concerns will mean there won't run buses.
Committee member of the Ballarat and District Tigers Supporters Group Libby Callanan said with just a 25,000 capacity at the MCG on Friday night, there would be no chance the Ballarat group would run a coach.
"We've tried a couple of times but with the low numbers, people were finding it hard with the ticketing, not liking getting on computers and things like that," she said.
"It costs $1000 to run a bus and to make ends meet you need about 40 people. One week we had 13 which we cancelled, the next week we had 18, we haven't been able to get it going again."
She said on occasion Tigers fans had travelled by train, but she admitted she had heard of many people with concerns about social distancing, particularly after night games.