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Record crowds set to continue

NRL.com Fri, Apr 26, 2013 - 4:00 PM

The Telstra Premiership is set for a third consecutive capacity crowd in three matches with fans being urged to pre-purchase their tickets for tonight’s Telstra Premiership blockbuster between top-four teams Manly and South Sydney at Brookvale Oval.

Following record-breaking ANZAC Day game attendances in both Sydney and Melbourne yesterday, a crowd in excess of 18,000 is expected to pack Brookvale Oval tonight. Since 1998, the biggest crowd for a Sea-Eagles-Rabbitohs match at Brookvale Oval is 19,856, set in Round 18, 2011.

“The atmosphere at the matches so far this round has been amazing and tonight promises to be just as exciting,” NRL CEO, Mr Dave Smith, said today.

“To see the support the game has enjoyed after a week’s break from club action shows how much the Telstra Premiership means to our members and fans.”

Leading into Round 7 Telstra Premiership action, NRL crowds are up six per cent on the same time last year and feature the highest average attendances over the opening six rounds in the history of the game, while ratings across the Nine and WIN Networks are up seven per cent.

Already this round:

The Roosters-Dragons ANZAC Day Cup crowd of 40,752 was the largest since the traditional match started in 2002, surpassing last year’s record of 40,164;

The Storm-Warriors ANZAC Day clash attracted the biggest ever crowd for a Melbourne match at AAMI Park, with 25,480 fans in attendance.