Please stop posting that Wembley should be used. 15000 in a 90000 stadium would look shockingly bad.
Even England v Australia in a final will not top 50k
Rubbish. Here are the figures for the golden decade, before Nigel Wood began making decisions on venues:
1990. Great Britain 19 vs Australia 12 Wembley
1990. Australia 14 vs Great Britain 10 Old Trafford Crowd: 46,615
1990. Australia 14 vs Great Britain 0 Elland Road Crowd: 32,500
1992. Australia 10 vs Great Britain 6 Wembley
1994. Great Britain 8 vs Australia 4 Wembley
1994. Australia 38 vs Great Britain 8 Old Trafford Crowd: 43,930
1994 Australia 23 vs Great Britain 4 Elland Road Crowd: 39,468
1995: Australia 20 vs England 16 (Pool match World Cup) Wembley
1995: Australia 16 vs England 8 (Final World Cup) Wembley
For the next three years Super League vs ARL war divided the Australian code. A Super League representative side came to Britain in 1997. No doubt it was not considered a regular Test. Here were the crowds:
1997. Australia 38 vs Great Britain 14 Wembley.
1997. Great Britain 20 vs Australia 12 Old Trafford. Crowd: 40,324
1997. Australia 37 vs Great Britain 20 Elland Road. Crowd: 39,337
So except for the 1995 pool match and the 1997 Super League Test, all Wembley crowds have been over 50,000.
We also see that in each years series of Tests Wembley has attracted more fans than either Old Trafford or Elland Road.
Obviously a properly administered World Cup could expect more than 50,000 at Wembley for a final, and for a semi-final involving England. A crowd of over 73,000 has already been achieved there for a World Cup final, and could be realised under a competent management team in 2013.
Edited by ParisSurtout, 27 August 2010 - 09:09 PM.