Bulldogs v Rabbitohs Good Friday Match Sets New Crowd Record
Friday 29 March 2013 6:31 PM
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and South Sydney Rabbitohs Good Friday match has today set a new regular NRL season attendance record with 51,686 people coming through the turnstiles for the fixture at ANZ Stadium.
The crowd figure today has surpassed the previous biggest NRL crowd since Darren Lockyer’s farewell match in Round 26 of season 2011 (50,859) at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
Today’s match was also the biggest Sydney rugby league crowd since the St George v Souths match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1967 with 50,153. It has also gone over the Nathan Hindmarsh and Luke Burt farewell game in 2012 which 45,863 fans attended.
“The Good Friday match is now one of the marquee events on the Sydney sporting calendar and today’s attendance shows that,” Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg said.
“It’s great to see so many passionate sporting fans coming out to support their team and we hope this continues throughout the remainder of the season and in future years.”
NRL CEO Dave Smith today paid tribute to both the Bulldogs and Rabbitohs clubs for working together to provide an event that captured the imagination of fans.
“It was a fantastic game of football and I want to thank the fans of both teams for creating a wonderful atmosphere,” Mr Smith said.
“It’s the biggest crowd for a stand-alone regular season game in the NRL and a sign of the excitement in this year’s competition.”