In a move designed to stop AFL games sliding towards NRL levels of emptyseatedness, Aussie rules big wigs have agreed to bring “bounce off” times forward for Saturday’s late games to aid families with young children. Considering the average AFL match attendance last season was 679,945 fans per game, it’s a pretty generous gesture.
“We’ve listened to what people have said,” trumpeted AFL boss Gillon McLachlan. “And they’ve told us that Saturday night games are finishing too late, particularly for families with young children and supporters coming in from country areas.
“We’ve looked at the research and we made the call some time ago that the 2015 fixture will be attendance-focused.” It remains to be seen whether this “kids first” mantra will also lead to the AFL dropping its gambling sponsors. We suspect not.