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Bumper year for AFL crowds at MCG

Sep 04, 2011

Another big crowd at the MCGIt's been another huge year for AFL attendances at the MCG, with more than 2.53 million people watching an AFL match at the 'G in the 2011 home and away season.

Following the conclusion of round 24, a total of 2,536,696 people had attended the MCG at an average of 53,972 per game. These figures are marginally higher than in 2010.

This season, there were 26 matches with a crowd of at least 50,000, with all bar one of these attendances recorded at the MCG, the most occasions in a season in VFL/AFL history.

A total of seven matches at the MCG exceeded at least 80,000 fans – again the most in a single season. The matches were:

89,626 - Essendon v Collingwood - Round 5
88,181 - Collingwood v Carlton - Round 3
85,936 - Carlton v Collingwood - Round 17
85,705 - Collingwood v Geelong Cats - Round 24
83,985 - Collingwood v Hawthorn - Round 15
83,563 - Richmond v Essendon - Round 9
81,691 - Geelong Cats v Collingwood - Round 8

With the MCG likely to host seven finals matches, it is on track to go very close to reaching the three-million mark for the second season in succession.

The final attendance figure for the entire AFL season of 6,525,071 represents the best tally in the game’s history, breaking the previous mark of 6,511,255 in 2008, albeit with a greater number of games played this season.

THE immediate reactions were shock and sadness from across the globe as news of Phillip Hughes’ tragic death filtered through on Thursday.

Herald Sun

AS the cricket community wrestles with what to do next after Phillip Hughes’ death, RON REED writes the first Test against India should proceed, with the result mattering less than the symbolism of playing it.

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PHILLIP Hughes’ family and Australian captain Michael Clarke have delivered an emotional goodbye after the batsman tragically died from a head injury today.

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AUSTRALIAN cricketer Phillip Hughes has died after being struck in the head while batting at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He was 25.

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IT is doubtful whether any incident has caused more widespread grief in Australian cricket than the loss of one of the game’s most likeable characters.

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