THE expanded Hampden Football Netball League’s first grand final was a big hit with supporters.
Saturday’s season finale at Warrnambool’s Reid Oval attracted a crowd of about 7500 people, according to league chief executive officer Mike Farrow.
He said the crowd ensured a gate of $57,700, $675 down on last year’s record.
“It was an unbelievably big hit,” he said.
With nine of the league’s 10 clubs represented in grand finals, the league was always confident of a big crowd. Farrow said the grand final numbers capped a successful finals series.
He said gate takings across the series were about $2000 up on last year. The preliminary final at Reid Oval and second semi-final at Port Fairy’s Gardens Oval had produced bigger crowds than last year, ensuring the higher return, Farrow said.
He said the league’s decision to erect tiered seating at the netball court and provide marquee-type shelter had been well received by patrons.
The seating is likely to become a regular fixture.