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Gold Coast will become the first team to welcome back larger home crowds to sporting events in Queensland on Saturday.

The state government has announced crowds of 2000 spectators will be allowed to return to matches this weekend.

The Titans’ home clash with the Dragons at Suncorp Stadium will be the first match played in front of fans since the COVID-19 restrictions came into effect after round two of the NRL in March.

Titans CEO Steve Mitchell welcomed the news, and applauded the Queensland Government and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for their management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This is obviously great news for the Titans and the NRL, but for fans of sports across Queensland," Mitchell said.

"The past few months have been tough on everyone, and the hard work done by the NRL in getting our competition restarted gave us a feeling that life was finally returning to normal.

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"Thanks to the Premier and her Government in containing the virus in Queensland, we are now at the stage where we are able to take the next step on the journey back to normal life, with 2000 spectators able to come to Suncorp Stadium on Saturday to enjoy a day at the footy."

There will still be a number of public health restrictions and protocols in place at the venue to ensure the health and safety of fans.

North Queensland and Brisbane are travelling to NSW for matches this weekend - the Cowboys return to Townsville next Saturday to host the Knights while Brisbane and the Titans will square off later on the same day in round seven at Suncorp Stadium.

Broncos captain Alex Glenn was keen to see a few real-life faces and not just cardboard cut-outs in the stands at Suncorp next weekend.

"It is only a couple of thousand that is going to be at the game but that is amazing progress for our game. Everyone wants to be there. Us players love having the fans there that lift your adrenaline out there," he said.

"When I was out there for 40 minutes [against the Eels in round three] when you scored a try it was so quiet and so weird.

"To have 2000 fans at the stadium is going to be amazing and hopefully there can be increased limits in the following weeks."

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