Lower attendance certain for second Test
03 November 2011
Tomorrow's International Rules series second Test between Australia and Ireland is certain to have a lower attendance than that of the disappointing turn out in Melbourne last week.
Just 22,921 were in attendance at the Eithad Stadium last Friday to watch Ireland score a 44-point win over the hosts, but it is guaranteed to be more than what will be in the Metricon Stadium tomorrow as the venue only has a capacity of 22,000 and a sell-out is not anticipated.
"We figure we're on target at this stage for something in the region of 16,000 or 17,000 depending on how the next day or two goes," said AFL spokesman Patrick Keane earlier this week.
Former Ireland manager Brian McEniff, who has been critical of Australia's approach to this year's series, says that the home nations will need to incorporate higher profile players to attract interest from AFL fans and also feels that hosting the second test in the Gold Coast this week is a mistake.
"We need big crowds to make it self-supporting," he stated. "I think taking it to the Gold Coast is not the best idea. They need to go to the bigger cities to get the bigger crowds."