Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

AFL fails to draw crowds in Darwin

AFL fails to draw crowds in Darwin
July 20, 2011

The inhabitants of Darwin have again failed to support a major sporting event with a crowd of just 7,255 turning up at last Saturday's AFL clash between Port Adelaide and Melbourne.

AFLNT Chief Executive Tony Frawley said the AFL had only expected small numbers to attend the game at TIO Stadium, in Marrara - even if the game had been played in Melbourne or Adelaide.

However, commentators from around the country have criticised Northern Territory residents with Melbourne Herald Sun journalist Mark Stevens going on Twitter to state "Memo Darwin: When you lose AFL games don't bitch and moan."

Stevens later tweeted "by attracting just over 7000 last night u showed u don't give a stuff. Deplorable. People in Darwin using the fact it's cricket season up there as excuse. Bad call. If you want elite sport, support it regardless!"

Other recent major sporting events in the Northern Territory have also attracted small numbers.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Paul Henderson ordered a thorough review into the marketing of the Australian Superbike Championship at Hidden Valley after disappointing crowds last April.

The three-day event attracted a total of 5,717 people - 3,000 fewer than in the previous year. In addition, only 3,000 fans were recorded at the Twenty20 cricket challenge played at TIO Stadium in August last year.

In comparison, a record crowd of 48,360 converged on Hidden Valley Raceway for the V8 Supercars last month while the Darwin Cup attracted more than 20,000 racegoers in August last year.


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Clubware

Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Recreation

 
 

Hadley/Series Australia Pty Ltd

Hadley Australia and Series Australia Pty Ltd are the leading quality theatre chair manufacturers in the southern hemisphere. The businesses work closely with architects, interior designers and…

read more

Arts / Culture / Design / Entertainment / Venues

 
 

SeatGeek Asia Pacific

SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…

read more

Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

Augmented Creative

Augmented Creative is an open organization of like-minded and highly dedicated, creative people who conceive, plan and execute visual solutions. We pursue new and innovative visual ideas to help…

read more

Arts / Attractions / Consultants / Design / Tourism

 
 

MYRTHA POOLS

Founded in 1961, Myrtha Pools® quickly became Italy’s première swimming pool company, and has since grown into one of the world's leading swimming pool construction…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks / Wellness

 
 

LIFE FLOOR (Aus & NZ)

Our team believes floors should be beautiful, comfortable, and engineered for safety, even when wet. Life Floor tiles meet six unique performance based standards: slip-resistance, impact absorption,…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Recreation / Safety / Surfaces

 
 

Jonas Leisure

JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Fitness / Recreation / Sport

 
 

Felton Industries

Felton Industries is Australia’s leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of quality outdoor furniture and has been supplying premium seating solutions for all sporting, commercial, community…

read more

Parks / Play / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business