NRL tips good crowds
THE NRL insists it isn’t concerned that Parramatta’s finals elimination could hurt crowd figures in this weekend’s preliminary finals.
The league scored a rare win over the AFL on Saturday night, after NRL crowds outdid their AFL counterparts by more than 9000 people across the codes’ semi-finals weekend.
It was in stark contrast to the previous week’s finals where the AFL’s figure was three times that of the NRL’s.
This NRL’s rise was headlined by the 41,287 fans who attended Parramatta’s loss to North Queensland on Saturday night at ANZ Stadium, the highest Sydney crowd for an interstate team — outside of grand finals — in more than a decade.
That figure dwarfed the paltry turn out just down the road at Spotless Stadium as just 14,865 fans came to watch GWS flog the West Coast Eagles for the AFL’s lowest finals crowd since World War I.
But Parramatta’s loss to the Cowboys could potentially have cost the league a shot at two sellouts this weekend.
Allianz Stadium’s 45,000 seats would likely have been full if they qualified to play the Sydney Roosters this week.