Swans set all-time AFL attendance record at the SCG

September 9, 2017

The Sydney Swans have set an all-time attendance record for an AFL match at the SCG, with 46,323 fans turning out for their elimination final against Essendon on Saturday.

The crowd surpasses the previous record of 46,168 set by Sydney and Geelong in 1997. A total of 413,699 supporters have cheered on the Swans at the SCG this year for an average crowd of 34,475.

“The Sydney Swans are the biggest sporting club in NSW and today’s crowd typifies the club’s success in the harbour city, 35 years on from their first ever game at the SCG,” said SCG Trust CEO Jamie Barkley.

“They will call the ground home for the next three decades and we look forward to hosting many more sold out Swans games in the future for their loyal fans to enjoy.

“The crowd of 46,323 for their elimination final is an amazing feat and we wish the Swans the very best for the rest of their campaign in September.”

Close to 100,000 football fans will come through the turnstiles this weekend, with three NRL Finals – Sydney Roosters v Brisbane Broncos (Friday), Manly Sea Eagles v Penrith Panthers (Saturday) and Cronulla Sharks v North Queensland Cowboys (Sunday) – part of a blockbuster weekend at the SCG and Allianz Stadium.

The Swans' record 65-point win over Essendon was the last official match for outgoing SCG curator Tom Parker who will call time before the summer of cricket. Click here to see the best photos from the afternoon. 

46,323 – Sydney v Essendon (2017)
46,168 – Sydney v Geelong (1997)
44,168 – Sydney v Geelong (1996)
42,314 – Sydney v Hawthorn (2016)

Rugby League: 78,056 – St George v South Sydney (1965)
Cricket: 58,446 – Australia v England (1928)
Football: 51,566 – NSW v Everton (1964)
Rugby Union: 49,327 – NSW v New Zealand (1907)
Aussie Rules: 46,323 – Sydney v Essendon (2017)

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