AFL’s Carlton breaks club attendance records

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Australian Football League (AFL) club Carlton has continued to break attendance records, playing to more than 80,000 fans on several occasions. 

More recently, Carlton witnessed an attendance of 88,510 against Essendon at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), its largest home-and-away crowd ever. This also resulted in the Blues playing in front of more than 80,000 fans for the fourth time in 13 games, the first time this has happened for the club.

Some 83,881 fans watched Carlton’s first game of the season when the side welcomed Richmond during Round 1.

This season has also witnessed Carlton help Geelong set its own club record for a home-and-away game, after 87,775 filled the MCG in Round 7. The Peter Mac Cup fixture between Carlton and Collingwood also welcomed 88,362 fans.

The return clash between Collingwood and Carlton on August 3 at the MCG is already sold out.

Earlier this year, the AFL announced a price freeze on general admission tickets for all matches at the MCG and Marvel Stadium for the current season.

The AFL broke its all-time attendance record with 8.13 million fans attending matches in 2023, and reported an operating surplus of A$27.7m (£14.4m/€17m/$18.2m) that was largely attributed to “booming ticket sales” and unprecedented club membership numbers.

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