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

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:

AttendanceDateOppositionResult
2357004/03/1990WiganLost 14-21
2303508/08/2003BradfordLost 16-18
2200029/06/2007BradfordLost 14-38
2197521/04/2007St HelensWon 38-19
2166618/06/1999BradfordWon 45-16
2122508/04/2004BradfordWon 26-18
2122520/08/2004BradfordWon 40-12
2122518/02/2005St HelensWon 30-18
2122501/07/2005BradfordWon 36-26
2082115/03/1992WiganLost 0-24
2025826/12/1992CastlefordWon 40-12
2022019/08/2005BradfordLost 10-42
2005703/03/1993WiganLost 6-31
2005311/12/1994WiganWon 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:

AttendanceDateHomeAwayVenue
2500425/03/2005WiganSt HelensDW Stadium
2405722/04/2011WiganSt HelensDW Stadium
2405403/04/2015WiganSt HelensDW Stadium
2402806/04/2007WiganSt HelensDW Stadium
2402003/09/1999BradfordLeedsOdsal
2386129/03/2013WiganSt HelensDW Stadium
2339014/04/2017WiganSt HelensDW Stadium
2337505/06/2004BradfordLeedsOdsal
2303508/08/2003LeedsBradfordEmerald Headingley
2300402/09/2007Hull FCHull KRKCOM Stadium
2300209/04/2007Hull FCHull KRKCOM Stadium
2284324/03/2005BradfordLeedsOdsal
2270116/07/2010WiganWarringtonDW Stadium
2233710/04/2009Hull FCHull KRKCOM Stadium
2223209/04/2009WiganSt HelensDW Stadium
2203114/09/2007WiganSt HelensDW Stadium
2200029/06/2007LeedsBradfordEmerald Headingley
2197521/04/2007LeedsSt HelensEmerald Headingley
2178423/05/2003BradfordLeedsOdsal
2169308/02/2007WiganWarringtonDW Stadium
2166618/06/1999LeedsBradfordEmerald Headingley
2152207/09/2012WiganSt HelensDW Stadium
2128320/07/2008Hull FCHull KRKCOM Stadium
2126723/03/2012WiganWarringtonDW Stadium
2123730/07/2000BradfordLeedsOdsal
2122508/04/2004LeedsBradfordEmerald Headingley
2122520/08/2004LeedsBradfordEmerald Headingley
2122518/02/2005LeedsSt HelensEmerald Headingley
2122501/07/2005LeedsBradfordEmerald Headingley
2110207/09/2003BradfordLeedsOdsal
2107313/04/2001WiganSt HelensDW Stadium
2105625/03/2011WiganWarringtonDW Stadium
2085106/04/2012BradfordLeedsOdsal
2049820/06/2010WiganSt HelensDW Stadium
2042921/06/1996WiganSt HelensCentral Park
2029524/07/2009WiganLeedsDW Stadium
2028309/03/2003BradfordWakefieldOdsal
2027409/09/2005WiganSt HelensDW Stadium
2026505/09/2014WiganLeedsDW Stadium
2022427/06/2014WiganSt HelensDW Stadium
2022019/08/2005LeedsBradfordEmerald Headingley
2007915/07/2010Hull FCHull KRKCOM Stadium
2005008/02/2013WiganWarringtonDW Stadium
2004922/06/2016WiganSt HelensDW Stadium