This season created history when the AFL club was able to sign on its one-millionth member. This is a milestone that indicated how much the following of the sports have reached. Many fans are dreaming to get their hands on live tickets and purchase from www.marketsports.com.au with sports merchandise they can wear and keep after the experience. The same cannot be said with the National Rugby League where their figures are even lower and the attendance inside the grandstands is not saying much.
There is no denying that the competition between the two sports remains but AFL seems to be on the lead because of its recent achievement with regards to subscription rate though some might say that the subscribers included all forms of family pets.
In a record in 1998, the membership count was only at 422,815 but it has now reached a million. The biggest problem is that the number of members continues to go up but the finals venues remains to be the same with no expansion in sight.
During the grand finale of 1970, 121,696 fans went to watch inside the MCG where the capacity can only handle about 100,000 people. Even worse, the seats reserved for the general fans are starting to shrink in number because many have been converted to corporate seating and other form of special seats under the membership category.
Now the AFL is faced with a big issue – their supporter base has already significantly increased but the number of seats available in venues is not enough to meet the demand. This was proven by the upcoming preliminary final between Collingwood and Richmond where many of the fans were not able to get tickets because it was already sold out.
It is not a recent problem because this has been going on for years. As of now, Collingwood has around 75,000 fans while Richmond has over 100,000. Many of them will not be able to watch the game inside the venue because there are not enough tickets sold. All they can do is to hang out at www.marketsports.com.au to purchase souvenirs to show their support for their team.