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    Why no crowds at Christchurch at Test?

    Watching the first Test between NZ and Sri Lanka I was surprised at how few people turned up to watch a Test match, especially since NZ have so few at the moment. Martin Snedden couldn't work it out either. He said that he didn't think it was the price - $15 a ticket meant that pricing was not the issue.

    I sat at the Gabba a couple of weeks ago where there were 40,000 per day and paid $110 for my ticket, and felt lucky that I had managed to get a ticket at all

    What's going on in NZ?

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    As a nation we aren't that supportive of Test cricket, there is no atmosphere at the games, people would rather watch it on TV, we don't have the passion other countries have, it's not our national sport. The list goes on my friend.
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    I was wondering in Australia, is cricket the most popular sport? If not, could someone show me a list of sports ranked in terms of popularity in Australia, to see where cricket is at?

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    AFL would probably be the most popular sport numbers-wise. Cricket is probably the only sport that the whole nation loves though, the football codes are divided by state of birth usually. NSW and QLD are traditionally Rugby League states (though it's changing), ACT is mainly Union, though League used to be big there until the Raiders started sucking again. The rest of the states (Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and to a degree the Northern Territory) are mainly AFL states.
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    In winter, Australia wide all the various football codes (well except the A-League which mainly occurs in summer) are followed which means a split audience in terms of popularity.

    However in summer cricket is generally the sole sport, and is loved all over Australia. Is Australia's national sport IMO.
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    a few reasons. While the weather was pretty sunny on Day 1, Days 2 and 3 were like 4 seasons in one day..and when Christchurch gets cold, it gets bitterly cold.
    NZ have been average at test cricket for awhile now and even though there is every chance they might win a test, they are just likely to do very badly like we've seen over previous seasons..it's just too painful for some to watch.

    A few years ago when NZ were actually doing quite well at test cricket, they had fantastic crowds to the Basin Reserve in particular but they're just too hot and cold to draw a decent crowd right now.
    I think if the weather comes up fine for the ODI's, we'll see some good crowds but NZ cricket have some work to do in the test arena.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbinator
    I was wondering in Australia, is cricket the most popular sport? If not, could someone show me a list of sports ranked in terms of popularity in Australia, to see where cricket is at?
    Participation wise (including juniors) it's:

    Netball
    Australian Rules
    Cricket
    Rugby League
    Rugby Union

    I think hockey is also quite high up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cameeel
    Participation wise (including juniors) it's:

    Netball
    Australian Rules
    Cricket
    Rugby League
    Rugby Union

    I think hockey is also quite high up.

    Participation wise (including juniors) football outstrips them all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    In winter, Australia wide all the various football codes (well except the A-League which mainly occurs in summer) are followed which means a split audience in terms of popularity.

    However in summer cricket is generally the sole sport, and is loved all over Australia. Is Australia's national sport IMO.
    Yeah pretty much. Best system tbh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbinator
    I was wondering in Australia, is cricket the most popular sport? If not, could someone show me a list of sports ranked in terms of popularity in Australia, to see where cricket is at?
    cricket is a national/most popular sport in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Australia, Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis and its like a second sport in england, new zealand, south africa and zimbabwehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_sport#Cricket

    and crick goes 1st in australia then Australian rules football then Rugby league and/or Rugby Union then Football (soccer)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_sport


    and as for the reason people not showing up it has to do with again- different aspects of marketing
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    Quote Originally Posted by armchairumpire
    Watching the first Test between NZ and Sri Lanka I was surprised at how few people turned up to watch a Test match, especially since NZ have so few at the moment. Martin Snedden couldn't work it out either. He said that he didn't think it was the price - $15 a ticket meant that pricing was not the issue.

    I sat at the Gabba a couple of weeks ago where there were 40,000 per day and paid $110 for my ticket, and felt lucky that I had managed to get a ticket at all

    What's going on in NZ?
    There is a difference between the test at Gabba, and Christchurch. Look at the teams.

    NZL aren't the biggest fans of Test Cricket, or they are too busy for it.

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    Plus they keep playing Sri Lanka.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    Plus they keep playing Sri Lanka.
    Because India refused to tour NZ ....before the World Cup...

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    A low scoring typical NZ type Test, 1000 -1500 fans 2 and half day Test - This Test will be long forgotten but remembered for 1 reason only and that would be generally with regard to NZ and a certain non existent aspect of their game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JASON
    Because India refused to tour NZ ....before the World Cup...
    Yeah I'm perfectly aware of that. I'm not blaming SL, I'm saying if you keep playing a team for the third year in a row the fans will get bored.

    Someone's a bit sensitive.

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