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Bumper crowd predicted for season opener

There’s no denying Newcastle Knights fans are the best in the NRL.

Each season crowds continue to come in droves to McDonald Jones Stadium in support of the red and blue.

In 2019 that's expected to be no different.

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Last year, the Knights pulled a season high crowd of more than 23,000 for their Round 1 opener.

In less than three weeks time, McDonald Jones Stadium will be opening its doors for the Knights 2019 Round 1 clash with the Cronulla Sharks.

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Knights CEO Philip Gardner is confident last years attendance can be beaten.

He’s predicting a roaring crowd of 25,000 plus.

“Weather will play a big part,” Gardner said.

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 “If we get good weather, and god loves the knights, we expect to beat last years crowd.”

Gardner expects record crowd numbers to cheer on the red and blue this season.

“We’ve already hit our record numbers for membership for the Knights and we think we’ll have record attendance,” he smiled.

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The Knights CEO admits the dedicated and passionate fans will be the secret weapon to a great season ahead.

“When we run on to a packed stadium, the roar of the crowd is going to get us home,” Gardner added.

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The season average for crowd numbers at McDonald Jones Stadium last year was around 19,000.

It’s hoped 2019 will go above and beyond that.

“The all-time record for the Knights is an average of 22,000, so that’s our goal,” said Gardner.

“We want to beat that this year and with the support of the Newcastle community and the Knights fans, we think that is doable.

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“With good performance on the field, and good support of the town and team, I think we can get there.

“The fans at the Knights are pretty special and if they see us putting in an effort, being in there with a chance, week in week out, they’ll come.”

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