- AFL Women's clash between Fremantle and Collingwood this Saturday on track to break 1929 Australian record
- Call for anyone with spare tickets to give them away to family or friends to help make history at Optus Stadium
An 89-year-old Australian sporting record is on the verge of being broken here in Western Australia this weekend - but the history-making moment is only achievable if ticketholders turn out in force.
With all 54,000 tickets to the AFLW match between the Fremantle Dockers and Collingwood at Optus Stadium this Saturday (February 10) now sold, WA is perfectly poised to smash the record for the crowd for a standalone women's sporting match in Australia.
The existing record was set in 1929, when more than 41,000 people attended a women's football match at Adelaide Oval.
The State Government is urging Western Australians to make sure every ticket is used, with anyone with spare tickets encouraged to give them away to family or friends. Unused seats cannot be re-sold on the day.
The match is an unreserved seat event, which means the capacity of Optus Stadium has been reduced to ensure ticketholders can sit in their desired general admission seat and move smoothly around the venue.
Every ticket includes public transport and fans should plan their journey using the Transperth Journey Planner and arrive early to allow for security checks.
Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk:
"If you had said 10 years ago that a women's team was going to be the first AFL match played at Optus Stadium, you wouldn't believe it. We have come a long way and it is something to be proud of Western Australia.
"But it's almost embarrassing that this women's record is from 1929 - surely we can beat it, WA? To those who have already bought a ticket and you're thinking about not going, please don't be selfish, if you can't go, give the ticket to someone else."
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
"We can only break this record if we do it as a team. It is about making sure that each footy ticket is in the hands of someone who is committed to turning up and being part of history.
"I urge ticketholders to grasp the opportunity we have to achieve a history-making moment for WA sport. If you have some spare tickets, give them away to family or friends.
"We shouldn't miss the opportunity to knock South Australia off the podium and write WA into women's sporting history."
Women's Interests Minister's office - 6552 6600
Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400