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4156.0 - Sport and Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia , 2003  
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Contents >> Chapter 5.1 Attendance at Sports Events - Introduction >> Chapter 5.3 Attendance at Sports Events - Attendance at Selected Sports



ATTENDANCE AT SPORTS EVENTS




ATTENDANCE AT SELECTED SPORTS

In 2002 Australian Rules football was the sport most attended by both males (1.5 million or 21.0%) and females (1.0 million or 13.4%) aged 18 years and over. The top ten sports with the highest attendance rates were the same for males and females, albeit in a slightly different order (see table 5.3). Nevertheless, for all sports, the attendance rate for females was consistently lower than that for males.


The second most highly attended sport overall was Horse racing, with 1.1 million males (14.8%), and 802,600 females (11.0%), attending. Motor sports was attended by almost twice as many males (993,300 or 13.8%) than females (480,100 or 6.6%). Rugby League was attended by 951,400 males (13.3%) and 513,200 females (7.0%).

5.3 ADULT ATTENDANCE AT SELECTED SPORTS(a) - 2002

Number
Attendance rate
'000
%

MALES

Australian Rules football
1 503.9
21.0
Horse racing
1 062.6
14.8
Motor sports
993.3
13.8
Rugby League
951.4
13.3
Cricket (outdoor)
635.2
8.9
Soccer (outdoor)
519.3
7.2
Rugby Union
469.7
6.5
Harness racing
318.9
4.4
Basketball
226.0
3.1
Tennis
192.5
2.7

FEMALES

Australian Rules football
982.0
13.4
Horse racing
802.6
11.0
Rugby League
513.2
7.0
Motor sports
480.1
6.6
Soccer (outdoor)
282.6
3.9
Cricket (outdoor)
231.0
3.2
Basketball
208.4
2.8
Rugby Union
203.9
2.8
Tennis
201.0
2.7
Harness racing
189.4
2.6

(a) Relates to persons aged 18 years and over during the 12 months prior to interview.
Source: Sports Attendance, Australia, 2002 (cat. no. 4174.0).


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