What is the biggest AFL crowd you were a part of?

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Gordon Farkas

Debutant
Mar 8, 2020
137
285
AFL Club
Geelong
Not AFL but biggest football crowd of any code:

104,098

2000 Olympics Gold Medal match, Spain v Cameroon.

About 100,000 of us going nuts for the Indomitable Lions that day, everyone loves an underdog. Cameroon 0-2 down at half time, equalised late in the second half, had two seemingly perfect ‘golden goals’ disallowed in extra time, then won in the shoot out. Amazing game, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

Gordon Farkas

Debutant
Mar 8, 2020
137
285
AFL Club
Geelong

The actual attendance for the 1970 Grand Final was technically 121,697, as The Devil Himself was also present at the MCG that day (according to Pie fans). However, metaphysical beings who don't need to pay for admission are not counted for the purposes of the 'official' attendance.*
(*This has been standard practice for ground managers since 1897.)

Therefore, applying this same methodology, the biggest AFL crowd that I have been a part of was the 2008 GF, where the actual attendance was 100,013 (fittingly, the devil's number).
 

St Neil

Club Legend
Aug 14, 2016
1,606
5,824
Aspendale Gardens
AFL Club
St Kilda
Other Teams
Blackpool
As a lad I was at the 1971 Grand Final, decked out in the Saints jumper, scarf and duffle coat. Attendance was 118,192.

I still remember it. Electrifying atmosphere and we lead by 28 points going into time-on in the 3Q when Stuart Trott ran into an open goal and hit the post. Saints crowd were going berserk.

Hawks moved Bob Keddie to Full Forward and Peter Hudson to CHF at 3QT. The rest is history. I cried all the way home.

We’ll never see a crowd that big again. I think it was the third biggest ever crowd, behind the 1970 and 1969 Grand Finals. The era when grounds had standing room and were not fully seated.

But it was amazing to be there. The greatest game I have ever been to. We were a huge club back then coached by the legendary Allan Jeans.
 

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