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“In years to come Melburnians will remember Boxing Day 2013 as the day their city created sporting history”
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has announced that a record number of people attended the opening day of the Boxing Day Test today.
At 4.15pm today, the scoreboard at the ground revealed that 91,092 spectators were in attendance, smashing the previous record of 90,800 set in 1960-61 during the second day of a Test match between Australia and the West Indies.
“As the birthplace of Test cricket, it is fitting that the MCG has again broken the attendance record for a single day of Test match cricket,” Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) CEO Stephen Gough said. “We congratulate Cricket Australia on this achievement and also acknowledge the contribution of our members towards making the Boxing Day Test a hallmark event on the sporting calendar.
“On the back of 100,000-plus people at the AFL Grand Final in September and more than 95,000 witnessing Liverpool FC play a soccer friendly in July, this year has again proven beyond doubt that the MCG is the home of Australian sport and an iconic destination in our city.”
Speaking about the record, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said: “Throughout the years, the Boxing Day Test has developed a privileged place in the Australian conscience; it’s become a landmark event. We don’t take that for granted. We thank and congratulate the cricket loving public of Melbourne and the Melbourne Cricket Club for creating something special.
“In years to come Melburnians will remember Boxing Day 2013 as the day their city created sporting history.”