There was the typical article over the weekend where Souths legends said the crowd at the Round 1 game between the Roosters and Rabbitohs will largely be made up of fans wearing red and green.
It quoted unbiased opinions from Craig Coleman and other Bunnies luminaries and said the crowd could be made up of 70 per cent Rabbitohs fans, figures pulled from that incredible database of knowledge called “thin air”.
So it must irk those same fans that the hard-earned cash they’re shelling over for the game is going direct to the Roosters.
In an article in the Telegraph today, it’s estimated that the Thursday game alone will generate $2.65 million in takings. And it’s a Roosters home game.
Bunnies fans must be totes devo’d at this prospect: that the struggling club which, remember, is worth close to nothing and is almost impossible to sell, will get next to nothing from the first sellout of the season.
So next time you speak to a Souffs fan, just thank them for contributing to the long-term financial health of the only club to play in every single season of professional rugby league in Australia.
From The Daily Telegraph:
News Limited can reveal that Thursday night’s season-opening blockbuster between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters will generate a staggering $2.65 million.
And most of that cash stems from the arrival of SBW.
It can also be revealed that rival NRL clubs will bank nearly $3 million this year thanks to Williams’s extraordinary pulling power.
Gate-takings for Thursday night’s game at Allianz Stadium – based on an expected attendance of 40,000 – will pass the $1 million mark.
Food and beverage will be worth about $500,000, while corporate hospitality and boxes will top $680,000.
Sixty of the 65 corporate suites have been sold.
The stadium’s three dining rooms have also been sold out, pulling in another $200,000, while merchandise will pass $100,000.