As Melbourne Arena proudly gears up for Melbourne United’s Grand Final Game 2 on Sunday, we’re looking inside the champion NBL venue and what it means to welcome an unprecedented 117,000 fans on the journey from round one.
The basketball club’s home is not only bringing more patrons through the turnstiles,but also playing its lucky charm – with the team more likely to topple its competitors when on Melbourne Arena’s court.
Total attendance of 116,810 since round one has seen a 4% increase on the preeminent premiership success of the previous 2017/2018 season.
As the NBL celebrates record figures, Melbourne Arena has stood out from the crowd, averaging nearly an additional 2,000 people attending each game to reach an average of 8,344 patrons across the fixture.
Highest in popularity is tied between the 10,300 patrons who came to cheer United against the Perth Wildcats in the last round of the regular season and the same number who flocked to see them take on the Sydney Kings on Melbourne Cup Eve last year.
The venue is cementing the NBL’s rising claims as one of the world's best leagues outside of the United States.
Melbourne Arena is also pushing Melbourne United up the leaderboard, scalping 10 wins from 14 games on its home court. Lining the NBL ladder up against season fixture shows that the team wins a landslide 71.43% of games at home.
Fuelling the Fans
Making sure no one went hungry or thirsty from all the cheering, a total of 121,735 food and beverage sales fuelled the fans. The most popular picks saw a total 27,953 hot chips and 8,702 hot dogs snagged by patrons, all washed down with a total 16,137 waters and 19,341 beers.
Behind the Scenes
Over 8000 hours of manpower has been devoted by the other team, working behind the scenes, who are the multi-talented event staff ensuring that every patron has a winning game day experience - every time they visit Melbourne Arena.