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The NRL has celebrated the start of the 2011 Telstra Premiership with the biggest round attendance in its history.
Last night's crowd of 26,737 at the Bulldogs-Wests Tigers match at ANZ Stadium took the opening round attendance to 201,212 - smashing the previous record of 185,051 set in 2007.
The mark is the biggest round attendance and opening round attendance in the history of the game and follows a record-breaking NRL Club Membership drive to start the season.
Already more than 160,000 fans have formed a connection with their club by becoming members, smashing the total club membership figure for 2010 of 144,000.