SCG draws highest ever Pakistan crowd
January 7, 2017
The 2017 New Year's Test has attracted the highest crowd between Australia and Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
A total of 112,029 fans attended the match, including 30,305 on the opening day of play, smashing the previous mark of 105,692, set during the 2005 New Year's Test.
A gold coin donation to the McGrath Foundation today saw fans fill the Members and Ladies pavilions, the Bradman Noble Stand, the Churchill Brewongle Stand and spill into the Victor Trumper Stand as Australia claimed a 220-run victory to remain unbeaten against Pakistan at the ground.
The crowd of 17,583 is the highest day five attendance at a New Year's Test outside of an Ashes series in more than a decade.
"The record number of fans through the turnstiles this year underlines that NSW people love their cricket at the SCG," said Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust Chief Executive, Jamie Barkley.
"Let's not forget that the series had already been won and the morning sessions of days two and three were washed out.
"As usual the fans opened their wallets for the McGrath Foundation, eclipsing their fundraising target by more than $100,000, raising nearly $500,000.
"Growing Big Bash League attendances, headlined by a near sold out Sydney Smash next Saturday, and strong turnouts for Australia's One-Day Internationals show just how much fans like watching cricket at the SCG."
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