25 September 2018

Allianz Stadium's record farewell

THE final sporting event at Allianz Stadium attracted the largest crowd in the venue’s three decade history.

The Roosters-Souths NRL preliminary final, won 12-4 by the Roosters, drew 44,380 fans as the rugby league farewelled one of its most celebrated grounds.

The previous record crowd was set earlier this year when 44,085 fans attended the Wallabies-Ireland June Test at the stadium.

Saturday night’s crowd eclipsed the record rugby league attendance at Allianz Stadium, set in 1997 when Newcastle defeated Manly in front of 42,264 fans for the ARL Grand Final.

The members enclosure in the western grandstand reached capacity nearly an hour before kick-off.

The capacity is mandated, and agreed to by the Trust, as part of the conditional certificate of occupancy, which governs the safe use of the venue.

In the interests of patron safety, the Trust closed access to the members enclosure to those who did not have a reserved seat. Members were re-seated in other areas of the stadium where possible or directed to Azure Café or Sydney Live Plaza to watch the game.

The Trust has previously limited access to the members enclosure for Wallabies Test matches in 2016 and 2018 when capacity was reached.

Up until the Wallabies-England Test of 2016, which drew 44,063 fans the record crowd for a sporting event was held by football.

The longstanding record attendance was set when global football superstar Diego Maradona and the star-studded Argentinian team of 1993 visited Australia for a FIFA World Cup qualifier.

That night, 43,967 fans packed into the SFS to watch the biggest star in world sport take on Robbie Slater, Paul Wade and the Socceroos.

Since it opened in 1988, more than 22 million fans - 17 million of them in general admission - have been through the turnstiles at Allianz Stadium.

The stadium's closing event will be the October 5 concert performance by Michael Buble.

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