A-League records smashed over bumper weekend
Off the back of an epic Sydney derby, round two saw attendance, stadium and broadcast records smashed for Australian football, including a new benchmark for the most fans to attend a single round of A-League matches.
As fans flocked to matches in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Gosford a new record of 106,082 spectators came through the gates - up on last year's high point of 100,998.
And for the first time in the league's history, clubs have attracted more than 100,000 members.
Other records to tumble across the weekend included:
- Highest ever attendance for a single round of the Hyundai A-League – 106,082 fans.
- New attendance record for Adelaide United with 33,126 fans watching Adelaide United draw 1-1 with Melbourne Victory at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.
- Highest ever Sydney FC crowd with 41,213 fans watching the Sky Blues defeat the Western Sydney Wanderers 3-2 in a pulsating Sydney Derby at Allianz Stadium.
- The Sydney Derby attendance was the biggest crowd to watch a regular season match across any code at Allianz Stadium since it opened in 1988.
- The Sydney FC v Western Sydney Wanderers match attracted the highest ever average audience on Fox Sports in the 10-year history of the Hyundai A-League with an average of 188,000 eclipsing the mark of 164,000 set when Alessandro Del Piero made his home debut for Sydney FC against Emile Heskey’s Newcastle Jets in round 2 of the 2012/13 season.
- Melbourne City set a new record crowd for a “non-Derby” match with 15,717 fans watching David Villa rescue a late point in a 1-1 draw against Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park.
An ecstatic FFA CEO David Gallop said: “The Hyundai A-League has started with a flurry of records and atmosphere that has once again showed football’s growth and highlighted the colour and passion that is unique to the A-League.
“The fans have shown that the thirst for the Hyundai A-League continues to grow and it has set us up nicely as we look to meet some bullish targets for attendance and broadcast numbers over the 2014/15 season.
“The Sydney Derby and Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory games in particular highlighted the box office appeal of the marquee matches and we look forward to the growth trend continuing in the coming weeks and months.”
Next weekend's blockbuster Melbourne Derby between Victory and City is likely to see the strong start continue