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Attendances

The MCG is one of the largest stadiums in the world and throughout its 159-year history has held numerous events attended by well in excess of 100,000 people.

Australian football and cricket (both international and domestic) have been the staple diet of events at the MCG – the ground has hosted more than 100 VFL/AFL Grand Finals and another 100-plus Test matches, many of them starting on the now-traditional Boxing Day.

Ever since the MCC encouraged its entrepreneurial caterers to sponsor the first visit by an England cricket team to Australia, big crowds have flocked to the MCG.

Stadium management always has been mindful of anticipating sporting trends. The MCG has successfully accommodated people at all levels of comfort and convenience in a variety of grandstands or open-air terraces.

Ironically it is not a sporting event which holds the attendance record at the MCG. This honour belongs to American evangelist Billy Graham, who in 1959 attracted an estimated crowd of more than 130,000 (some estimates go as high as 143,750), many of whom had spilled onto the arena.

The MCG also holds the record for the biggest VFL/AFL crowd (121,696) and single day of Test cricket crowd (91,112).  On the world stage, the MCG’s most notable attendance record (still standing) is 1.153 million patrons for the 15 days of the 1956 Olympics.

By the mid-nineties, annual attendances at the MCG exceeded 3.5 million – more than the population of Melbourne. It is doubtful that any other stadium in the world could make a similar claim.

Noteworthy attendances

 1,153,000  15-day aggregate for 1956 Games (an Olympic record)
 350,534  Record Test match attendance (third Test 1936-37 over six days)
 130,000  Billy Graham crusade, 1959 (Est.)
 121,696  VFL Grand Final, Carlton v Collingwood, 1970
 120,000  Final ceremony Eucharistic Congress, 1973 (Est.)
 100,016  AFL Grand Final, Collingwood v St Kilda, 2010
 99,256  Largest attendance for VFL/AFL home and away match 1958 (Melb v Coll)
 95,103  Soccer friendly (Australia v Greece), 2006
 91,112  Record daily cricket attendance - Australia v England, Boxing Day, 2013
 90,119  Bledisloe Cup rugby union (Australia v New Zealand) 1997
 89,155  Boxing Day Test, Australia v England, 2006 (Day 1)
 87,182  World Cup Final, Pak vs Eng, 1992 (Then world record limited-overs attendance)
 87,161  State-of-Origin rugby league (NSW v Queensland) 1994
 85,513  World Cup Soccer Qualifier (Australia v Iran), 1997
 84,041  Twenty20 International, Australia v India, 2008
 80,518  Sound Relief Concert, 2009
 46,581  Record Australian domestic cricket crowd, T20, Stars v Renegades, (2013)

 

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