NRL fans abandon Sydney stadium
ANZ Stadium will be home to tomorrow’s NRL Grand Final clash, but figures show the ground is rapidly being deserted by Sydney fans.
Crowd numbers for this year show the ground hosted eight of the worst 20 attendances for NRL games, adding extra pressure on the league to move the decider north to Suncorp Stadium.
It comes after The CourierMail revealed the NRL has been rocked by a crowd-fudging scandal, with finals series attendance numbers being inflated by 15 per cent.
Empty seats were a common sight at ANZ Stadium, with crowds of as little as 6213 people (South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. New Zealand Warriors on August 18) in attendance.
Only Brookvale Oval (4189) recorded a lower crowd attendance this year for the Manly vs. Newcastle game on June 9.
The 83,000-capacity ground has also not been able to draw in a crowd above 40,000 people all year, compared with three games at Suncorp Stadium reaching 40,000+ fans.
The stadium’s worst crowd attendance average (14,410) has again prompted calls to bring an NRL Grand Final to Queensland.
Negotiations are still under way between the NRL and Queensland Government after the NRL last year said Suncorp Stadium was a serious contender for the 2019 NRL Grand Final.