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The capacity of the AFL’s 9 main venues and what their attendance records currently are

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Ever wonder or forget what the actual capacity of certain AFL grounds are? Most of us know the MCG can push 100,000, but how many out there can impress their mates and rattle off all the numbers that relate to all Australia’s other major grounds?

Well we’re here to help.

And with the AFL looking to continue its expansion across the nation, including a new team from Tasmania expected to enter the league in 2027, the fans are turning up in their droves. The ‘G was rocking for the opening game of the 2023 season and there’s intangible magic at the Adelaide Oval when it fills up for footy, like we’ll see shortly during Gather Round.

AFL grounds
AFL grounds | There’s nothing like the Adelaide Oval and there’s nothing like a Showdown.

So let’s take stock and see what we’re all dealing with down under.

Each major city in Australia holds a stadium with a capacity of over 40,000 seats; with AFL clubs of course associated with each of them. Keeping that in mind, let’s have a look at the capacity of the AFL’s major venues, counting backwards.

The largest AFL grounds, ranked by capacity

9. Sydney Showground (Homebush)

Capacity: 24,000

AFL ground for: GWS Giants

Record AFL attendance: 21,924 – Sydney Swans vs GWS Giants, 2017

8. Heritage Bank Stadium (Carrara)

Capacity: 27,500

AFL ground for: Gold Coast Suns

Record AFL attendance: 24,032 – Collingwood vs Gold Coast Suns, 2014

AFL Grounds
AFL Grounds | Carrara; formerly known as Metricon Stadium, but now Heritage Bank Stadium.

7. GMHBA Stadium (Geelong)

Capacity: 36,000

AFL ground for: Geelong Cats

Record AFL attendance: 32,815 – Fremantle vs Geelong Cats, 2013

6. The Gabba (Brisbane)

Capacity: 42,000

AFL ground for: Brisbane Lions

Record AFL attendance: 37,478 – Richmond vs Brisbane Lions, 2019

5. Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)

Capacity: 48,000

AFL ground for: Sydney Swans

Record AFL attendance: 46,323 – Essendon vs Sydney Swans, 2017

4. Adelaide Oval

Capacity: 53,600

AFL ground for: Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power

Record AFL attendance: 54,468 – Adelaide Crows vs Port Adelaide Power, 2015

3. Marvel Stadium (Docklands, Melbourne)

Capacity: 55,000

AFL ground for: Essendon, Western Bulldogs, Carlton, North Melbourne and St Kilda

Record AFL attendance: 54,444 – St Kilda vs Geelong, 2009

2. Optus Stadium (Perth)

Capacity: 60,000

AFL ground for: West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers

Record AFL attendance: 59,608 – Melbourne vs West Coast Eagles, 2018

AFL Grounds
AFL Grounds | Two shades of Optus Stadium

1. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Capacity: 100,024

AFL ground for: Collingwood, Hawthorn, Melbourne and Richmond

Record AFL attendance: 100,024 – Geelong vs Sydney Swans, 2022

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