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Fremantle set to break crowd record at Optus Stadium

The Fremantle Dockers are set to celebrate their arrival at Optus Stadium in front of a record-breaking crowd when they take on Collingwood on Saturday in the club’s historic round two NAB AFL Women’s clash.

Stadium management has advised the club that a final allocation of 3000 tickets released on Wednesday were snapped up after going on sale earlier in the day and that no additional tickets will be released for what will be the first official game of Australian rules football played at the venue.

Around 54,000 tickets have been secured for the non-reserved ticketed event, which stadium management did not sell to capacity to ensure the smooth movement of people around the venue.

The club is on track set to smash the AFLW attendance record of 24,500 set last year for the round one clash between Carlton and Collingwood at IKON Park.

Fremantle’s AFLW team could also break a near century-old record for a women’s football game, set at 41,000 for an exhibition game at Adelaide Oval in 1929.

The current highest attendance for a Fremantle home game is 42,213, set in 2006 against West Coast at Subiaco Oval.

Fans are encouraged to print their tickets and plan ahead for what will be a day of celebration for the club and the new AFLW competition. A ticket includes free public transport to and from Optus Stadium, with activations and activities starting from 1.30pm ahead of bounce down at 4.10pm.

Fremantle’s AFL side will also be in action on the day, undertaking their first training session from 3pm at the new stadium ahead of the AFLW match.

There will also be signing sessions from both the AFLW and AFL teams, as well as a number of activations taking place at the Southern Oval outside Optus Stadium from 1pm, including giveaways, football activities, face painting, bouncy castles and slides.

Fremantle CEO Steve Rosich thanked Freo members and fans for supporting the event. 

“As game day draws closer, it’s looking very much like an all-time record crowd will be set for women’s football on Saturday at our new world-class home ground,” Rosich said. 

"It’s a wonderful opportunity for our members and supporters fortunate enough to have secured tickets to be a part of a history-making day.”

Activations at Southern Oval: 1.30pm
Optus Stadium gates open: 2.30pm
Men’s training: 3pm
Welcome to Country: 3.35pm
AFLW warm up: 3.40pm 
AFL players signing around ground: 3.40pm 
Game commences: 4.10pm
AFLW players signing post match: 5.50pm approx

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