Huge crowds are expected to flock to the MCG on Saturday for the Richmond-Collingwood blockbuster, amid predictions the crowd will be the largest seen at a match between the two teams since the 1970s.
Public tickets for the match have sold out, with the MCG expecting around 86,000 fans to attend. The AFL is expecting numbers in the low 80,000s. There will be limited general admission and standing room tickets available on the day.
The result of the highly anticipated game could also break records. If Richmond win the match, it would give the club an 18-game winning streak at the MCG, which would break the current record at the venue.
Adam Treloar of the Magpies (2nd left) gets away from Trent Cotchin of the Tigers (2nd right) during the Round 6 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Richmond Tigers at the MCG in Melbourne, Sunday, April 29, 2018.
If crowd estimates are correct, it won't quite beat the record for the highest home-and-away game attendance for a game featuring the two clubs. The 1977 Anzac Day game recorded a crowd of 92,436.
However it could be the second highest, beating the 1971 April match between the clubs that recorded an attendance of 82,191.
Only two games this year have broken the 85,000 barrier.
Public tickets sold out on Monday, and Richmond have been recommending those with general admission tickets upgrade to a reserved seat.
Ticketek Australia said on Tuesday it was unlikely there would be any further tickets released.
Some resale sites have two seated tickets to the match being offered for up to $250.
Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of a shower in the afternoon and evening, with a top of 15 degrees with a low of nine degrees.
The clash is highly anticipated, with Collingwood coming off a big win over North Melbourne, despite missing some key players.
The last meeting between the two clubs at the MCG in Round 6 saw the Tigers win by 43 points.
It comes after Richmond became the first AFL club in history to exceed a membership of 100,000.
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