Optus Stadium on track for record-breaking AFL Women's crowd
  • Fremantle Dockers to play Collingwood on Saturday, February 10, 2018
  • Tickets on sale to the general public at 9am (AWST) tomorrow (January 16)
  • Match a chance to attract Australia’s biggest-ever crowd for a standalone women’s sporting match

Western Australians are encouraged to support Optus Stadium’s push to attract the country’s biggest-ever crowd for a standalone women’s sporting match when the Fremantle Dockers play Collingwood on Saturday, February 10.

More than 30,000 fans are expected at the match, which would break the AFLW attendance record, and put into play the possibility of eclipsing the Australian-record women’s sport attendance of 41,000 – which has stood since 1929.

The match is expected to smash the current Fremantle Dockers Women’s record home crowd of 10,000.

With tickets only $2, including free public transport, the match is an ideal opportunity for those who did not get a Community Open Day ticket to be among the first to visit Optus Stadium.

Tickets to the match will be available for purchase via the Ticketmaster website from 9am tomorrow (January 16). All proceeds will be donated to the Starlight Foundation and the Fremantle Dockers Foundation.

Ahead of the match, fans will be able to watch the Fremantle Dockers men’s team train for the first time on the Optus Stadium playing surface, followed by a signing and photo session.

Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:

“This match gives all Western Australians the opportunity to be part of sporting history. Not only will it be the first football match played at Optus Stadium, it is on track to break the attendance record for the AFLW.

“There is even a chance of breaking the Australian record crowd for a standalone women’s match, which would beat Adelaide Oval’s 89-year-old record.

“For anyone who didn’t get a ticket to the Community Open Day, this is a great opportunity to be one of the first to visit Optus Stadium – at a cost of only $2.”

Comments attributed to Women’s Interests Minister Simone McGurk:

“The fact the AFLW secured the first football match at Optus Stadium shows just how far women’s sport has come in this State.

“The current AFLW record crowd is 24,568, held by Carlton and Collingwood, and we want everyone’s help to surpass that and bring the record home to Western Australia. If we could even top the all-time Australian record that would be sensational.

“We have seen huge increases in participation and interest in recent years in a whole range of women’s sports – and AFL Women’s has been instrumental to that success.”