Thursday, November 10, 2005

First A-League heading for one million spectators

The new Australian A-League is heading for over one million paying spectators in its first season. At the halfway mark, the aggregate attendance for all 44 matches of the eight team competition stands at 492,716 with an average attendance of 11,198.

According to The Age, the average attendance already compares well with several other established leagues around the world (excluding top-tier leagues such as England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain):

18,585 JAPAN
17,124 ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP
15,108 UNITED STATES
11,352 SOUTH KOREA
11,198 AUSTRALIA
9,607 BELGIUM
9,768 PORTUGAL
9,487 NORWAY

A further bonus for Football Federation Australia is the sell-out crowd for the Powerade Series FIFA World Cup Qualifying clash against Uruguay at Sydney’s Telstra Stadium on 16 November. Now up to 12,000 supporters unable to get one of the 82,000 tickets will be able to watch the game on a 7m x 4m super screen outside the ground sponsored by National Australia Bank and Sydney Olympic Park.

See also: AFC rooting for Australian win against Uruguay (21 Oct)

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