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Reds' crowds set to overtake Broncos

Jim Morton 28/06/2011 06:02:03 PM Comments (0)

The Queensland Reds' amazing rise is set to see them surpass the Brisbane Broncos as south-east Queensland's biggest football club drawcards.

The Reds, cellar dwellers two seasons ago, are expected to sell out Suncorp Stadium for the second time this year when they host the Auckland-based Blues in Saturday night's Super Rugby semi-final.

Less than 10,000 tickets remain for the match where a Queensland victory would enable the Reds to host the July 9 final.

Crowds are already up by 29 per cent in 2011, with an average attendance of 29,436 watching the Reds win seven of their eight home games in their charge to top of the competition standings.

A 50,000-strong crowd for Saturday's clash with the Blues would give the Reds a season average of 31,723 eclipsing the current mark of NRL giants the Broncos, who are attracting 30,932 per game.

The Reds have already leapfrogged the Brisbane Lions (22,150) in the hot-ticket stakes for the first time since before the AFL club won three consecutive premierships.

The fledgling Gold Coast Suns (19,684), Gold Coast Titans (16,606) and A-League champions Brisbane Roar (12,619) also fall behind.

The Reds have already set an Australian Super Rugby crowd once this year when 48,301 packed in to watch Queensland defeat the Crusaders 17-16 a month ago.

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