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Biggest Crowd in NBL History Watch Sydney and Illawarra

The biggest crowd in NBL history of 17,514 has watched the Sydney Kings play the Illawarra Hawks at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.


It broke the previous record of 17,143 which was for a double header featuring West Sydney Razorbacks v Brisbane Bullets and Sydney Kings v Canberra Cannons in Sydney in October 1999.


The previous biggest attendance for a single game was 15,336 between the Melbourne Tigers and South East Melbourne Magic at Rod Laver Arena in 1996.


It was also the biggest ever attendance for an Illawarra Hawks game, topping the 13,611 who attended the Grand Final against the Perth Wildcats at RAC Arena in 2017.


A crowd of 12, 945 attended Sunday's other game between the Perth Wildcats and SKY Sport New Zealand Breakers at RAC Arena, bringing the total attendance for the round so far to over 50,000 with one game still to play. This already surpasses the previous record of 45,015 for a six game round.


A sell-out crowd of 10,300 fans attended Saturday's Throwdown between Melbourne United and South East Melbourne Phoenix at Melbourne Arena, making it the first regular season round in NBL history to draw three crowds over 10,000.


NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said: “We congratulate the Kings and the Hawks on a fantastic achievement and thank all the fans who’ve come out and supported the league so far this season.


“This is an historic moment for the NBL as the league and the game of basketball continues to go from strength to strength across Australia and New Zealand. People are voting with their feet as the record crowds across both countries show.


“We also acknowledge the Sydney Kings who have pledged to donate a portion of today’s gate takings to the Salvation Army Bushfire Appeal. We look to many more fans coming along this season to enjoy more great entertainment."


Average attendances have increased by six per cent already this season. Round seven of the 2019-20 Hungry Jack’s NBL Season concludes on Monday when South East Melbourne Phoenix play the Adelaide 36ers at Melbourne Arena. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN and SBS on Demand at 7.30pm AEDT.

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