Etihad Stadium Sets AFL Crowd Record
Monday 06 Jul 2009
A huge crowd at the Round 14 St Kilda versus Geelong match has handed Etihad Stadium its largest ever AFL crowd - a new record for the venue!
54,444 loud and colourful fans attended the St Kilda versus Geelong blockbuster at Etihad Stadium on Sunday July 5, 2009, for the most anticipated 'home and away' game of the season.
The attendance easily surpassed the venue's previous AFL record of 53,459, which was set in June 2007 for a Carlton versus Hawthorn match.
While the Round 14 crowd set an AFL record it was still short of the stadium's largest sports event crowd, which was set in July 2001 when 56,605 patrons turned up to see the Wallabies play the British Lions in an ARU Test match.
Robbie Williams set the record for the biggest concert crowd in December 2006 with 64,619 fans. But the largest ever crowd at the venue was in November 2000 when 70,000 people attended a Catholic Jubilee Mass at the stadium.
The 54,444 attendees at the St kilda versus Geelong game were not let down with the two clubs fighting out one of the most memorable matches in recent history.
Never before have two sides been undefeated at Round 14 of an AFL season, and after a 6-point win, the Saints are now one game clear on top of the AFL ladder.
St Kilda, an Etihad Stadium tenant club, still have four matches at the stadium in season 2009 (not including finals). They will play home matches in Rounds 16, 17 and 21 and will play away to Essendon in Round 20.