New attendance record tipped for Optus Stadium

Optus Stadium.
Optus Stadium.

OPTUS Stadium is tipped to break its attendance record this weekend when the Wallabies host the All Blacks at the stadium.

Demand for tickets for the Bledisloe Cup match on Saturday night has prompted organisers to release thousands of additional drop-in seats.

The game will be preceded by a women’s clash between the two countries, pitting the Wallaroos and Black Ferns against each other.

The current record attendance is 59,721 for the State of Origin clash between Queensland and New South Wales back in June.

About 10,000 interstate and overseas rugby fans are expected to travel to WA for the event.

The game will also be broadcast to around 280 million people worldwide, including into WA’s key tourism markets of New Zealand, the United Kingdom, USA and Japan.

Big screens in Yagan Square and Burswood Park will be another avenue for people to view the game live.

“The chance to witness this history-making rivalry play out in front of one of the biggest sporting crowds the State has ever seen, in a stadium recently named the most beautiful in the world, will be truly memorable,” Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said.

“The All Blacks haven’t played in Perth for more than a quarter of a century and we think the whole team, plus travelling fans who haven’t been to Perth in a while, are going to be blown away by the exciting, modern city that greets them.

“We’re also thrilled to host the Wallaroos and Black Ferns clash, which adds to the stellar line-up of elite level Women’s sport we’re hosting in WA, including the Constellation Cup netball in October, the Fed Cup Final in November and the Women’s T20 cricket in February next year.”