In numbers: Super League opening weekend attendances

Josh McAllister
Super League

The opening Super League weekend saw an average crowd of 9,695 between the six games. 

A total of 58,173 fans attended the opening round of fixtures.

13,108 attended Saints’ home victory at the Totally Wicked Stadium, the opening game of 2022.

The clash saw Kristian Woolf’s side continue how they left 2021, with a promising 28-8 victory over the Dragons. Winger Tommy Makinson scored a brace, joined by team-mates James Roby, Lewis Dodd, Joey Lussick and Konrad Hurrell.

It was the joint-highest attendance for the side at their home.

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The third-highest attendance of the first round came at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Despite their defeat, there were promising signs for Castleford, who recorded a sell-out crowd of 10,500 for their first game of 2022.

Salford took the spoils in-front of the crowd, claiming a 26-16 triumph away from home.

Hull KR’s home clash with Wigan saw a crowd of 9,044 at Craven Park.

Headingley record biggest crowd in opening weekend

The biggest attendance of the round came at Headingley Stadium as Leeds played hosts to Warrington.

14,135 saw the clash, while it was also the start of Channel 4’s coverage, presented by Adam Hills.

The Channel 4 audience peaked at an impressive 735,000 viewers for their first-ever broadcasted game.

Wakefield saw 6,148 come through their gates for their opening clash with Hull FC. Skipper Luke Gale scored on his debut, leading his side to a 16-12 victory over Trinity.

Toulouse’s inaugural Super League clash saw an attendance of 5,238 on Saturday night in France. They opened their new campaign against Huddersfield, falling to a 42-14 defeat.

Interestingly, only one home side saw a victory in the opening weekend – St Helens.

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