NRL ahead of AFL in Sydney ticket sales
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The AFL and NRL’s contest to draw a larger crowd in their respective weekend finals fixtures at ANZ Stadium remains neck and neck.
Bumper crowds are expected when Sydney host Collingwood in an AFL preliminary final on Friday night before Canterbury and South Sydney meet in an NRL equivalent the following night.
And early ticket sales suggest it will be the venue’s biggest weekend of sport since the 2000 Olympics.
The AFL confirmed in a media release on Tuesday night that 40,000 tickets to Sydney’s home final had been sold.
A spokesperson said the NRL had moved 42,000 tickets to the showdown between the ground’s two tenants.
The last time the ground hosted back-to-back preliminary finals was in 2006 when just over 60,000 fans went to the Swans-Fremantle AFL clash and a little over 40,000 attended St George Illawarra’s NRL match against Melbourne.
Depending on what figure the AFL delivers on Friday night, the ARL Commission will be desperate to better it the following night, particularly with many factors in their favour.
The top priced tickets to the AFL clash ($160) are double that of the NRL ($80).
Even the cheapest tickets to the AFL in the upper reaches of the spacious ground are twice as much ($70) than that for the 13-man game.
Given the disparity in ticket prices, even remotely similar crowds would mean a comparatively much larger financial windfall for the AFL.
Ticket sales for Melbourne’s home NRL preliminary final against Manly, and Hawthorn’s corresponding fixture at the MCG against Adelaide are a little more one-sided.
The Storm’s Friday night AAMI Park match has attracted 15,500 punters so far, while the AFL game on Saturday has already sold 47,000 tickets.© AAP 2013