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MCG's one-millionth footy fan a happy Tiger

May 21, 2011

MCG one-millionth AFL patron Damien McConnell (right) accepts his prize from MCC chief warden Peter Wearne.The Melbourne Cricket Ground reached the one-million patron mark for the 2011 AFL season at Saturday night’s Dreamtime at the ‘G match between Richmond an Essendon.

Long-time Richmond supporter Damien McConnell was the lucky one-millionth patron who was approached by MCC chief warden Peter Wearne after he scanned through the Gate 6 turnstiles to be informed he had won some great prizes.

Damien, who has supported Richmond for 32 years, wins a “Nestle Peters Footy Pack”, which includes an MCG Superstore gift voucher to the value of $400 as well as entry tickets to a match in the 2011 AFL home and away season, including dining for two people in the MCC Members Dining Room.

Saturday night's crowd of 83,563 means the MCG has seen 1,045,092 people scan through the turnstiles from 19 matches at an average of 55,004 per match.

Another big crowd at an AFL match at the MCGFour matches have registered attendances above 80,000, including the 89,626 recorded on Anzac Day, the tenth-highest home and away crowd in VFL/AFL history.

HIGHEST AFL ATTENDANCES AT MCG IN 2011

89,626  Essendon v Collingwood, April 25
88,181  Collingwood v Carlton, April 8
83,563  Richmond v Essendon, May 21
81,691  Geelong Cats v Collingwood, May 13
78,579  Hawthorn v Geelong Cats, April 26
78,065  Carlton v Essendon, April 16

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