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Sydney derby breaks A-League attendance record
Last night’s Sydney derby at the ANZ Stadium set a new A-League attendance record with a crowd of 61,880 in full voice as Sydney FC defeated the Western Sydney Wanderers FC in the opening round of the season.
The figure of 61,880 for the first Sydney derby at ANZ Stadium eclipsed the previous A-League attendance record of 55,436 which was set at the Hyundai A-League 2007 Grand Final at Etihad Stadium between Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United.
The hype around the opening weekend of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season suggested that the all-time attendance record would be in danger of tumbling, and Football Federation Australia Chief Exectuive David Gallop said the attendance figure proved that the Sydney Derby has become one of Australia’s premier ‘must see’ events on the Australian sporting calendar.
Gallop stated “the crowd figure at tonight’s Sydney Derby at ANZ Stadium is a clear sign that the Hyundai A-League season is off and running and that there is a huge groundswell of interest in the league this season.”
Gallop referenced the A-League’s current marjting campain when he added “all those people and families out there involved in football at some level but yet to have a connection with the Hyundai A-League or any of the 10 clubs, tonight’s game is evidence of why you’ve gotta have a team.”
The previous biggest crowd for a Sydney derby was 41,213 at Allianz Stadium in Round 2 of the A-League 2014/15 Season.
A-League - top five all-time attendances
61,880 - Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Round 1 at ANZ Stadium (Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Sydney FC) 8th October 2016
55,436 - Hyundai A-League 2007 Grand Final at Etihad Stadium (Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United) 18th February 2007
53,273 - Hyundai A-League 2009 Grand Final at Etihad Stadium (Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United) 28th February 2009
51,153 - Hyundai A-League 2014 Grand Final at Suncorp Stadium (Brisbane Roar FC v Western Sydney Wanderers FC) 4th May 2014
50,334 - Hyundai A-League 2012 Grand Final at Suncorp Stadium (Brisbane Roar FC v Perth Glory) 22nd April 2012
Images courtesy of Damian Briggs Photography.
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