Boba Fett wrote:GOing on your first graph, apart from a standout year in 1994, there really wasn't much variation in the Sydney NRL crowds from 87-97. It was really from 1999 that there was a significant and sustained crowd boost. So what could have been the reason for that? Probably the opening of the Olympic Stadium.
From the graph crowds gradually rose from 1987 from 10,000 to about 14,000 then dropped down in 96-98
'99 would have had a spike due to the olympic stadium with a few 100k plus crowds
Sustained growth from 2000 onwards would be due to:
a. winning back fans lost in that 95-98 period
b. winning back fans lost to mergers/getting rid of low drawing teams (Wests, Balmain, Illawarra)
c. a proper strategy of growing memberships