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Rhinos and Tigers fans hoping to re-write the record books

23rd March 2018 | 12:08 pm

By Phil Daly

Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers fans are hoping to play their part in making history tonight as their two sides meet at Elland Road aiming to break the Super League attendance record for a single regular season game, which is currently held by Wigan.

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Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers fans are hoping to play their part in making history tonight as their two sides meet at Elland Road aiming to break the Super League attendance record for a single regular season game, which is currently held by Wigan.

The Warriors attracted 25,004 fans to their clash with St Helens at the DW Stadium back in 2005 but the record is now under threat following a huge surge in ticket sales this week.

Fans are still able to buy tickets for the game plus spectators can pay on the night at the Leeds United West Stand ticket office to make sure they do no miss out on their place in history.

This year marks 30 years since the same two sides met at Elland Road in the Yorkshire Cup Final when 22,968 fans were present and that figure has already been surpassed in pre-sales. The Rhinos own Super League record crowd was set 15 years ago when 23,035 fans were at Emerald Headingley for the derby clash with Bradford Bulls in 2003.

With a crowd of over 20,000 already now assured, the game will mark only the 15th time in 50 years that Leeds have attracted a crowd in excess of 20,000 for a ‘home’ league regular season fixture. The highest crowd in the last 50 years was the Division One clash with Wigan at Emerald Headingley in 1990.

The full list of 20,000 plus crowds for league games since 1968 at Emerald Headingley is as follows:

Attendance Date Opposition Result
23570 04/03/1990 Wigan Lost 14-21
23035 08/08/2003 Bradford Lost 16-18
22000 29/06/2007 Bradford Lost 14-38
21975 21/04/2007 St Helens Won 38-19
21666 18/06/1999 Bradford Won 45-16
21225 08/04/2004 Bradford Won 26-18
21225 20/08/2004 Bradford Won 40-12
21225 18/02/2005 St Helens Won 30-18
21225 01/07/2005 Bradford Won 36-26
20821 15/03/1992 Wigan Lost 0-24
20258 26/12/1992 Castleford Won 40-12
20220 19/08/2005 Bradford Lost 10-42
20057 03/03/1993 Wigan Lost 6-31
20053 11/12/1994 Wigan Won 33-28

20,000 plus crowds for league fixtures were rare in the two decades before the switch to summer rugby. In the twenty seasons between 1974-75 and 1994-95, there were just fourteen 20,000 plus crowds for a league fixture, half of which were for the traditional Wigan v St Helens game at Central Park. Since the summer era, there have been a remarkable 44 regular season Super League games that have attracted over 20,000 fans with Hull FC and Bradford joining Leeds and Wigan in attracting bumper crowds. The full list of Super League regular season games, in order of attendance, that have had over 20,000 fans is as follows:

Attendance Date Home Away Venue
25004 25/03/2005 Wigan St Helens DW Stadium
24057 22/04/2011 Wigan St Helens DW Stadium
24054 03/04/2015 Wigan St Helens DW Stadium
24028 06/04/2007 Wigan St Helens DW Stadium
24020 03/09/1999 Bradford Leeds Odsal
23861 29/03/2013 Wigan St Helens DW Stadium
23390 14/04/2017 Wigan St Helens DW Stadium
23375 05/06/2004 Bradford Leeds Odsal
23035 08/08/2003 Leeds Bradford Emerald Headingley
23004 02/09/2007 Hull FC Hull KR KCOM Stadium
23002 09/04/2007 Hull FC Hull KR KCOM Stadium
22843 24/03/2005 Bradford Leeds Odsal
22701 16/07/2010 Wigan Warrington DW Stadium
22337 10/04/2009 Hull FC Hull KR KCOM Stadium
22232 09/04/2009 Wigan St Helens DW Stadium
22031 14/09/2007 Wigan St Helens DW Stadium
22000 29/06/2007 Leeds Bradford Emerald Headingley
21975 21/04/2007 Leeds St Helens Emerald Headingley
21784 23/05/2003 Bradford Leeds Odsal
21693 08/02/2007 Wigan Warrington DW Stadium
21666 18/06/1999 Leeds Bradford Emerald Headingley
21522 07/09/2012 Wigan St Helens DW Stadium
21283 20/07/2008 Hull FC Hull KR KCOM Stadium
21267 23/03/2012 Wigan Warrington DW Stadium
21237 30/07/2000 Bradford Leeds Odsal
21225 08/04/2004 Leeds Bradford Emerald Headingley
21225 20/08/2004 Leeds Bradford Emerald Headingley
21225 18/02/2005 Leeds St Helens Emerald Headingley
21225 01/07/2005 Leeds Bradford Emerald Headingley
21102 07/09/2003 Bradford Leeds Odsal
21073 13/04/2001 Wigan St Helens DW Stadium
21056 25/03/2011 Wigan Warrington DW Stadium
20851 06/04/2012 Bradford Leeds Odsal
20498 20/06/2010 Wigan St Helens DW Stadium
20429 21/06/1996 Wigan St Helens Central Park
20295 24/07/2009 Wigan Leeds DW Stadium
20283 09/03/2003 Bradford Wakefield Odsal
20274 09/09/2005 Wigan St Helens DW Stadium
20265 05/09/2014 Wigan Leeds DW Stadium
20224 27/06/2014 Wigan St Helens DW Stadium
20220 19/08/2005 Leeds Bradford Emerald Headingley
20079 15/07/2010 Hull FC Hull KR KCOM Stadium
20050 08/02/2013 Wigan Warrington DW Stadium
20049 22/06/2016 Wigan St Helens DW Stadium
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