In an exhilarating display of footy spirit, Round 7 of the AFL has set a remarkable milestone by becoming the second highest attended round ever, with a staggering 408,433 fans flocking to witness the action across various matches.

This historic achievement signifies the tremendous passion and support that fans have shown, particularly in recognizing and commemorating the Anzac spirit throughout the round. It marks only the third time in history that an AFL round has surpassed the 400,000 attendees mark, joining the ranks of Round 1, 2024 (413,405) and Round 1, 2017 (400,401).

AFL CEO Andrew Dillon expressed his delight at the overwhelming response from football fans during the Anzac Appeal Round. He highlighted the significance of this round in honoring the service people across the nation and the privilege of playing a part in paying respects to those who have served and are currently serving in the armed services.

The round not only witnessed record attendance but also showcased some remarkable matches and moments around the grounds.

Key highlights include:

  • The highest attended AFL H&A Round at the MCG of all time, with 292,311 fans across four matches, averaging an impressive 73,077 per match.
  • Geelong Cats recorded their highest attendance for an AFL H&A home match and the second highest AFL H&A match involving Geelong.
  • Essendon v Collingwood became the fourth highest attended AFL H&A match of all time, the third highest ANZAC Day match, and Essendon’s highest-ever ANZAC Day home match crowd.
  • GWS GIANTS experienced their highest attendance at Manuka Oval since Round 21, 2018, and the seventh highest attendance in a GWS match at the venue.

The round’s success adds to the excitement and momentum of the 2024 season, which has seen strong attendance figures and thrilling matches across various venues. It reflects the deep connection fans have with the game and the significance of football in bringing communities together.

As the AFL continues to celebrate such remarkable milestones and moments, be there with the world’s biggest Aussie Rules community.