Football park attendance issues were recent, the stadium has been around since 1974. Nobody liked it much, but people still went. See also Waverly Park, and to a lesser extent Subiaco.
it wasnt just lobbying, the AFL chipped in cash to make the ground into an oval, to this day the AFL still is guarantor for a 5 million dollar loan to the stadiums operators.
where the hell does 340+ come from?
AFL Fox ratings average 196 for the season, NRL fox ratings sit at 208 for the season. (and thats without Origin/preseason/tests