Crowd numbers decline, as spectators view game online

Fans watch Keely Hancock from the stands in the Leonard Cup final Sunday.

Fans watch Keely Hancock from the stands in the Leonard Cup final Sunday.

On a weather-beaten grand final day, Football Wagga gate numbers were down on last year by 25 per cent.

Around 2,000 people went through the gates at Equex on the weekend.

While rain and heavy traffic damaged the quality of the field, Football Wagga’s newly-forged relationship with Wagga Wagga TV paid dividends.

“The rain definitely affected numbers,” Budde said.

“On the positive side, we did broadcast games,

“On a rain-affected weekend, it was good to be able to watch it from comfort of your living room.”

The broadcaster claims there were just under 9,000 devices connected to the livestream during the Pascoe Cup game, and under 4,000 devices connected during the Leonard Cup game.

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