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Weekend Attendances and Television – 27th-30th April, 2023 – Record ALW crowd, record seasons continue for AFL and NRL

It was another massive weekend in Australian sport with a record attendance for an A-league Womens Grand Final, and ongoing record seasons falling in the AFL and NRL

A-league (Men)

Round 26 #ALMcrowds reeled in 45,051 people at an average of 7,509 per match. The 2022-23 ALM season was attended by 1,161,643 at an average of 7,494 per match, using 31% of available capacity. The season total was up 42% on 2022, and up 43% on average and best since 2019-20.


More details on season attendances in the next post.

A-league (Women)

A record crowd of 9,519 fans watched the Sky Blues clinch the first Premiership-Championship double since Melbourne City achieved the feat in 2016. The biggest crowd for a domestic women’s match in Australian football history.


Round 7 #AFLcrowds came to 335,565 at an average of 37,285 per match (+27% on R7 2022). This is just 7,554 of the 2019 R7 record and just the 3rd time that there has been six 300k+ attendance in the first 7 rounds. The season is either 1st (2.44m) or 4th (2.38m) for R 1-7 crowds depending on how you prefer to calculate the AFLs Gather Round

International Rugby Union

More than 58,498 at Twickenham to set a world record for women’s international rugby.


Round 9 #NRLcrowds came to 132,805 (average of 16,601). this is the 3rd highest aggregate for round 9 behind 2019 and 2014. 2022 easily accounted for, up 27% YoY The record breaking start to the season with the NRL now moving to 95,561 ahead of the previous 2013 record mark.


Jason Lassey

Ive been collecting and publishing Sports related crowd, financial, and ratings data here and on twitter for about 12 years.

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