IN a spectacular finale to the NRL regular season, the Sydney Roosters’ 24-12 victory at Stadium Australia on Friday night in front of a crowd of 59,708 smashed a host of crowd records:
- Friday night’s crowd is the biggest ever stand-alone regular season attendance, surpassing the 58,593 set in 1993 between the Broncos and Dragons;
- It is the highest stand-alone regular season crowd in Sydney, surpassing the record of 51,686 set on Good Friday this year between the Rabbitohs and Bulldogs;
- It is the highest ever NRL Friday night regular season attendance, surpassing the mark of 37,773 set in 2010 at Stadium Australia between the Bulldogs and Dragons;
- The highest regular season attendance for a Roosters-Rabbitohs match, surpassing the mark of 43,469 set at the SCG in 1967.
NRL CEO, Mr Dave Smith, paid tribute to the Rabbitohs and Roosters clubs and their members and fans for creating a finals-like atmosphere, as well as Stadium Australia and City Rail for its assistance with integrated travel.
“It was a fantastic game tonight and what a great finals series we have to look forward to,” Mr Smith said.
“Congratulations to the Sydney Roosters for winning the 2013 Minor Premiership.
“It is a wonderful achievement that everyone at the club – the players, officials, and staff – and your members and fans can take great pride in.”