Blues will finish Super Rugby Aotearoa as it opened, with a total of 43,236 spectators in their stands for the clash against the champion Crusaders next Sunday at Eden Park.
Auckland team CEO Andrew Hore said they are delighted with the response from fans as they sold out six days before the match. “It has been quite a remarkable competition in the history of our game, and within a context that means a great challenge facing this country and the world,” he said, adding: “We enjoyed that incredible Super Rugby Aotearoa and felt it was appropriate that will end with a special event, hosting the champion Crusaders at Eden Park in front of what will be a huge turnout. “
All five Super Rugby teams from the Kiwi country have reported an increase in the number of spectators, providing a positive boost to their finances after the Covid-19 shutdown. New Zealand celebrated 100 days yesterday without a case of national transmission of the virus. The four Blues home games brought a total of nearly 150,000 people, an average of 37,000, which is about double the 2019 average attendance.