THE TV murmur introduced to reflect live AFL crowds and distract from the empty stands fills its purpose.
But it has nothing on a few hundred people in attendance cheering their team on, screaming 'ball' or letting their frustrations out.
Now, after some doom-sayers predicted fans would be locked out for the entire 2020 season as Australia battles COVID-19, there is hope capacity crowds will be in attendance in some states within a month.
Western Australian premier Mark McGowan announced on Monday - if the AFL was scheduled to play in his state this weekend - Optus Stadium could welcome 30,000 supporters.
He went on to say its full capacity - 60,000 people - would be accepted from July 18, paving the way for a Western Derby between foes Fremantle and West Coast in front of a full house.
South Australian premier Steven Marshall followed suit on Tuesday, declaring Adelaide Oval could house 27,000 fans from Monday.
But, more than that, it makes those states an enticing proposition for an AFL hub.
The Queensland hub, despite some unhappy campers, has proven a smart option.
Already small crowds are filtering back to the GABBA and Metricon Stadium.
First it was a few hundred, then a few thousand.
And, from this weekend, 10,000 will be welcomed through the gates at those venues.
Meanwhile, Victoria is lagging behind in the fight against coronavirus.
A rise in cases has cast doubt on when crowds will be allowed to attend games.
So, why not take the game to the people?
Because, in short, playing in front of some fans is better than playing in front of none.
If Victorian clubs were encouraged to enter a hub, either up north, across the border in South Australia or in WA, it might only be for a short stint.
The positive impacts could be far-reaching.
Teams such as Carlton, Geelong, Richmond, Essendon and Collingwood have large supporter bases wherever they go.
Their interstate fans would relish the chance to see them play live more than once a year and neutrals who rarely see Victorian teams might also jump at the opportunity.
Teams would be playing their home games at home in an ideal world.
But in unprecedented times, it's time to think outside the box.
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