The official attendance for the Sky Sport Breakers opening home game against Sydney Kings at Spark Arena on Sunday was 7,497 – the 12thhighest crowd all-time for the Breakers and the largest ever for an opening game of the season.
The crowd for the Illawarra Hawks clash on Thursday is forecast to be even bigger. If it passes the 8,000 mark, which is looking likely, it will be only the eighth occasion a Breakers home crowd has exceeded that number and just the third time during the regular season.
The largest crowd the Breakers have ever attracted was 9,238 for Game 3 of the 2012 Grand Final series against Perth Wildcats. The biggest regular season crowd was 9,157 on February 1st 2013, when the Breakers won a 10thstraight game defeating Perth 98-81 with Corey Webster scoring 14 points to back up Cedric Jackson’s 22 points.
Breakers largest regular season crowds:
9,157 v Perth Wildcats, 1.2.2013
8,500 v Adelaide 36’ers, 28.2.2013
7,979 v Sydney Kings, 27.1.2012
7,947 v Cairns Taipans, 21.3.2014
7,597 v Perth Wildcats, 13.12.2013
7,494 v Sydney Kings, 20.10.2019
Opening Games of the season.
Scottie Hopson’s 27 points in the opening game in Sydney ranks fourth equal with the most points scored by a Breaker in their debut game for the club.
Most points scored on debut for the Breakers:
34 Carlos Powell, September ‘06
31 Brian Wethers, September ‘06
29 Ben Melmeth, October ‘03
27 Shawn Redhage, September ‘04
27 Scottie Hopson, October ‘19
25 Marcus Timmins, December ‘05
23 Kirk Penney, October ‘07
Most points scored in opening two games for the Breakers:
56 Brian Wethers, September ‘06
54 Carlos Powel, September ‘06
46 Kirk Penney, October ‘07
45 Ben Melmeth, October ‘03
40 Scottie Hopson, October ‘19
Corey Websterplayed game number 200 for the Breakers in the home encounter with Sydney on Sunday.
He became just the sixth player to reach the double century mark for the club after Mika Vukona (354), Tom Abercrombie (304), Paul Henare (250), Alex Pledger (238) and Dillon Boucher (220).