Radio Haanji 28th August 2018 – AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan thanked fans and congratulated the 18 AFL clubs after the 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership Season saw attendances reach a new all-time record of 6,894,770 fans.
The new record surpasses the previous record of 6,732,601 set last season.
Mr McLachlan thanked the fans for their unwavering commitment to their teams by turning out in record numbers.
“The 2018 season has proven to be exciting and unpredictable, and after 23 rounds to have over 6.89 million fans attend a game of footy is remarkable.”
“Regardless of who they barrack for, our fans continue support their teams as passionately as ever,” Mr McLachlan said
“This game will always be for the fans, and we are extremely proud of them in breaking this record.”
Mr McLachlan also said the clubs and national venues deserved great credit for their continued work to build their audiences.
“Our commitment has been to constantly address the affordability and access for footy fans,” Mr McLachlan said
“Our clubs, stadia and venue partners across the country have shared our focus on delivering memorable match-day experiences to everyone.”
“The clubs through the players, coaches and staff do an amazing job to continue to build their fan bases.”
The AFL’s home and away season total attendances, last five seasons:
2018 – 6,894,770
2017 – 6,732,601
2016 – 6,306,333
2015 – 6,351,578
2014 – 6,384,742
The 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership season also delivered 12 rounds in which more than 300,000 fans attended, the most ever in a single season.
This included the top five single round attendance records in round three (393,537 – 2nd all-time), round five (381,880 – 4th all-time) and round one (375,564 – 5th all-time).
The AFL’s highest single rounds in history are as follows:
400,401 – Round 1, 2017.
393,537 – Round 3, 2018.
391,980 – Round 5, 2017.
381,880 – Round 5, 2018.
375,564 – Round 1, 2018.