By Nathan Klein
June 24, 2008 - Canterbury-Bankstown Express
THE Bulldogs have recorded the highest home crowds for 2008 with an average of 16,910 fans flocking to ANZ Stadium at Homebush Bay, according to David Middleton League Information Services.
Bulldogs media manager Frank Barrett said the high figures this year followed the round four clash between the Roosters, which attracted a record crowd of 36,526.
Since 2004, the Bulldogs averaged 19,988 fans at home games - the second highest attendance. Only Wests Tigers attracted more.
Despite the high crowd figures at ANZ Stadium - the stands still look empty, according to Back to Belmore president Luke Brailey. "The last two games at ANZ Stadium have been the sixth and seventh lowest Bulldogs' home attendances at the cavernous precinct since we relocated there in 1999," he said.
"Despite the exemplary facilities on offer at the venue, only 9289 fans visited ANZ Stadium to witness the Bulldogs' emphatic victory over the Cronulla Sharks on May 26...its lowest attendance level since April 2000.
"The game against the Knights on June 7 saw a crowd attendance of 9565. ANZ Stadium has a capacity of 83,500 and therefore the most recent Bulldogs' home games have utilised around 9 per cent of the stadium's seating capacity.
"In a stadium with an 83,500 capacity, the 16,000 average is particularly disappointing."