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A-League grand final chasing record crowd

23:46 BST 15/05/2019
Optus Stadium
Optus Stadium is set to host a massive crowd come Sunday

With 50,000 tickets sold as of Wednesday night, Sunday's A-League grand final between Perth Glory and Sydney FC is poised to break a number of crowd records.

Despite some criticism over the decision to play the grand final at Optus Stadium, the larger venue is proving invaluable for fans desperate to see their team in action. 

The largest ever A-League grand final crowd currently stands at 55,436 - set in 2007 when Melbourne Victory beat Adelaide United at Marvel Stadium.

While the biggest crowd overall in A-League history was set at ANZ Stadium in 2016 with 61,880 fans turning out. 

As it stands, Sunday's decider could break both records with 5000 drop-in seats potentially set to be added to the 60,000-seat venue should they be required.

"If we look like we're going to blow past 60,000, then they're on standby," A-League boss Greg O'Rourke told the Herald.

"I think we're in with a chance of knocking off the A-League record." 

Opened in late 2017, Glory's grand final at Optus Stadium could also break the current crowd record at the venue with 59,608 the number to beat, which was set by AFL side West Coast Eagles for a preliminary final last year. 

While the switch from HBF Park to Optus Stadium is set to ensure a mammoth crowd, Glory owner Tony Sage has voiced his concerns about the venue change.  

“The FFA want to maximise revenue for themselves. They don’t care what the clubs think,” Sage was quoted by The West Australian.

“I’m a traditionalist. I want our home ground advantage.

“Optus Stadium becomes a neutral ground. That’s the way I look at it. That's the way the whole of the football department looks at it.”