The first-ever International cricket match at Sydney Olympic Park tonight has proved a stunning success, breaking the NSW record for the largest crowd to watch a single day’s play of International cricket.
Tonight’s KFC T20 International match between Australia and India attracted a crowd of 59 659, breaking the previous record of 58,446 set 83 years ago when Australia and England played at the SCG on 15 December 1928.
The record attendance confirms the appeal of International cricket being played in Western Sydney and the ability of Sydney Olympic Park to successfully stage International cricket matches.
Cricket NSW Chief Executive David Gilbert was delighted to see so many cricket supporters enjoy the action at Sydney Olympic Park: “It’s been an historic night for cricket in NSW with a record crowd attending the first-ever International match at Sydney Olympic Park. The fans have voted with their feet and enjoyed a wonderful event in a world-class facility. Whilst it has been a team effort over many years to achieve this outcome, I particularly want to thank the NSW Government and Stadium Australia Management for their outstanding support in making this inaugural match a reality.”
ANZ Stadium Managing Director, Daryl Kerry, said: “The debut of International cricket at ANZ Stadium has been 10 years in the making and what a way to punctuate the evening – a record crowd. A lot of people have put in a lot of time and effort to make tonight happen and this is the perfect reward”.
“We knew the people of Sydney and, in particular, Greater Western Sydney would embrace this game. It was great to see so many cricket fans enjoying the action, especially given the challenges we faced with wet weather earlier in the day. Congratulations to Cricket NSW on this milestone. We look forward to doing it again next year”.