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Crowd topping trifecta for OKI Jubilee Stadium
For the third season in succession, Kogarah?s OKI Jubilee Stadium has recorded a superior crowd average to Wollongong?s WIN Stadium.
With the conclusion of the preliminary rounds, Kogarah finished season 2005 with a crowd average of 15,275, compared to Wollongong?s 14,426.
Kogarah?s crowds in 2005 are the highest that the venue has recorded since the beginning of the joint venture in 1999. In 2003 OKI Jubilee Stadium averaged 13,601 compared to WIN Stadium?s 12,701, while in 2004 OKI averaged 14,975 compared to WIN?s 13,988.
In all seven years of the joint venture, WIN Stadium has finished behind the Dragons' Sydney home venues on crowd average.
For the second season in succession, the St.George Bank Dragons held a better success rate at Kogarah, winning 80% of their matches compared to 71% at WIN Stadium.
While the crowd data once again confirms Kogarah?s status as the Dragons? most popular home ground, it?s further justification for why 50% of St.George-Illawarra home games should be played at the venue from 2006 onwards.
It is time for the St.George-Illawarra management to guarantee OKI Jubilee Stadium an equitable allocation of home games going forward and to ensure that WIN Stadium is prepared to sacrifice a home game every four years due to the Dragons? ongoing commitment to the ANZAC Day match against the Roosters at Aussie Stadium.
Season 2006 looms as an exciting one for the St.George Bank Dragons at OKI Jubilee Stadium. Night matches will recommence after a seven-year absence following the installation of permanent lighting in October. Additionally, the Dragons spiritual home will gain modernised concourse seating throughout the ground and new turnstile facilities in English Street.
The Dragons have now played 390 matches at Kogarah since 1950, recording 267 victories, 113 losses and 10 draws.