24 Sep 2009

Ticket sales great for preliminary NRL final

5:48 am on 24 September 2009

As ticket sales for Friday night's National Rugby League preliminary final shot over the 67 thousand-mark, Bulldogs boss Todd Greenberg believes his club can notch similar figures in the regular season.

A capacity crowd is expected at the 82 thousand-seat Olympic Stadium for the match against traditional rivals Parramatta, with pre-match sales ensuring records will tumble.

The high mark for a finals match in Sydney - excluding grand finals - is just under 58 thousand set back in 1963 between St George and the Eels at the SCG.

Rugby league has long been AFL's poor cousin in terms of crowd numbers, but Greenberg says similar numbers could be achieved in the NRL regular season at the Olympic Park, where his club plays home games.

Eels fans have snapped up 52 per cent of the tickets for Friday's grand final playoff, with Bulldogs fans buying 48 per cent.