Flourishing A-League smashes more records

A record crowd watched the Sydney derby at Allianz Stadium (Getty)

The A-League smashed a series of attendance and stadium records across a memorable weekend for Australian football at the weekend.

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This included a new mark for the highest number of fans to attend a single round of A-League matches.

Fans flocked to matches in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Gosford with the new record of 106,082 spectators breaking the mark set in the opening round last year when 100,998 fans went through the gates.

The records to tumble across the weekend were:

:: Highest ever attendance for a single round of the A-League – 106,082 fans.

:: New attendance record for Adelaide United with 33,126 fans watching Adelaide draw 1-1 with Melbourne Victory at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.

:: Highest ever Sydney FC crowd with 41,213 fans watching the Sky Blues defeat Western Sydney Wanderers 3-2 in the derby at Allianz Stadium.

:: The Sydney derby attendance was the biggest crowd to watch a regular season match across any code at Allianz Stadium since it opened in 1988.

:: Melbourne City set a new record crowd for a "non-derby" match with 15,717 fans watching David Villa rescue a late point in a 1-1 draw against Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park.

:: The A-League clubs passed the 100,000 members this week for the first time in the competition's history.

"The Hyundai A-League has started with a flurry of records and atmosphere that has once again showed football's growth and highlighted the colour and passion that is unique to the A-League," FFA chief executive David Gallop said.

"The fans have shown that the thirst for the A-League continues to grow and it has set us up nicely as we look to meet some bullish targets for attendance and broadcast numbers over 2014-15.

"The Sydney derby and Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory games in particular highlighted the box office appeal of the marquee matches and we look forward to the growth trend continuing in the coming weeks and months."

The blockbusters will continue next weekend with Melbourne Victory hosting Melbourne City in the Melbourne derby at Etihad Stadium while Western Sydney Wanderers takes on Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal in the first leg of the AFC Champions League final at Parramatta Stadium.

Source: SBS