Eat the Street and AFL attract 30,000-strong crowd

Tuesday, 12 March

Lismore City Council has hailed the weekend’s Eat the Street food festival and inaugural AFL match a huge success, with more than 30,000 people attending the two events.

Council’s Tourism and Events Manager Mitch Lowe said the award-winning Eat the Street food festival was attended by 26,264 people while Lismore’s first national AFL match at Oakes Oval attracted 4918 patrons.

The AFL match saw the Sydney Swans beat the Gold Coast Suns 123 (19.9) to 81 (11.15) in front of an appreciative crowd of sun-drenched sports lovers.

The pre-season clash was the first AFL match to be played on the redeveloped Oakes Oval sportsground, which underwent a $2.8 million upgrade last year to make it suitable for elite AFL games.

“The atmosphere at the AFL was amazing even though it was a very hot Lismore day. The ground was prepared beautifully and the match went off without a hitch. We are looking forward to hosting many more national AFL matches in the future,” Mitch said.

“Both the AFL and the Eat the Street food festival were a roaring success, bringing a huge influx visitors into our city and boosting our economy. It is wonderful to see Lismore so full of people and life, and I feel so proud of our city at moments like those. The feedback I have received about the whole weekend has been nothing but positive.”

Mitch said he wanted to thank the many organisers and volunteers who worked tirelessly to make both events a success.

“There is a lot of work that goes on behind-the-scenes to make a weekend like that possible,” he said.

“I want to thank everyone who worked so hard for our community over the two days to make it an unforgettable weekend for Lismore. I can’t wait for next year’s Eat the Street event and many more games of AFL to grace our Oakes Oval playing field.”

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