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4174.0 - Spectator Attendance at Sporting Events, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/12/2010  Final
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The percentage of the population aged 15 years and over who attended a sporting event in 2009-10 (43%) was similar to that in 2005-06 (44%). The attendance rate of males reduced from 52% in 2005-06 to 50% in 2009-10, whereas the attendance rate of females remained the same (37% in both 2005-06 and 2009-10). The only statistically significant change in spectator attendance rates by age group was for persons aged 18-24 years, which reduced from 57% in 2005-06 to 51% in 2009-10 (Table 7).

SPECTATORS AT SPORTING EVENTS, By age - 2005-06 and 2009-10
Graph: SPECTATORS AT SPORTING EVENTS, By age—2005-06 and 2009-10

Australian Rules football remained the highest attended sporting event in 2009-10 (16%), as it was in 2005-06 (16%). Horse racing remained the second most attended sporting event, however, the attendance rate reduced significantly to 11% in 2009-10 from 13% in 2005-06. Rugby league and motor sports both attracted over one million attendees in 2005-06 and 2009-10. The attendance rate at rugby league remained the same in 2009-10 (9%) as it was in 2005-06 (9%), whereas the attendance rate at motor sports reduced to 8% in 2009-10 from 9% in 2005-06 (Table 8).

Other sporting events where the change in attendance rate was statistically significant were outdoor cricket (reducing from 5% in 2005-06 to 4% in 2009-10), rugby union (reducing from 4% in 2005-06 to 3% in 2009-10) and harness racing (reducing from 3% in 2005-06 to 2% in 2009-10). The only significant increase in attendance rate was for outdoor soccer which increased from 4% (0.6 million) in 2005-06 to 5% (0.9 million) in 2009-10 (Table 8).

SPECTATORS AT SPORTING EVENTS - 2005-06 AND 2009-10, Selected sporting events (a)
Graph: SPECTATORS AT SPORTING EVENTS - 2005-06 AND 2009-10, Selected sporting events (a)

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