Brumbies want Super Rugby crowd boost

Oliver Caffrey
The Brumbies have struggled on and off the Super Rugby field in 2018

The Brumbies are aiming to virtually triple slumping home crowd numbers for their next Super Rugby home game.

Only 5283 fans were in attendance at GIO Stadium for the ACT team's match against the Melbourne Rebels earlier this month.

It was the second lowest crowd in the franchise's history, only a turn out of about 4000 in 1999 was worse.

Brumbies chief executive Michael Thomson says the disastrous figure can be put down to the team's struggles on the field, troubles within Super Rugby and an ageing stadium in an inconvenient location.

The Brumbies, who have won just three games this season, are targeting a figure of 15,000 for the June 3 clash with fellow cellar-dwellars the Sunwolves.

It would easily top their biggest crowd for the year (13,515) which came against the NSW Waratahs.

Thomson is confident the club can bring fans back to the game and is drawing on three Canberra charities to help do it.

If the Brumbies reach their targeted crowd, they will donate $5000 to each organisation.

"Scheduling is a challenge but if we play the right football, we play entertaining and continue to connect with our community we're confident people will come," Thomson said.

"If you look at the history of sporting teams in Canberra, sometimes they turn quickly and we're confident if we continue to do the right things people will come back."

The Brumbies have long pushed for a new stadium to be built in Canberra and the ACT government has been investigating options for one to cater for rugby, rugby league and soccer.

Thomson says an indoor stadium in the middle of the city would automatically lift crowd numbers like it has done in Dunedin for the Highlanders.

"We'd rather it (happened) next week but the (ACT) government has to work through some of its priorities," Thomson said.

"But we believe the government is supportive of a stadium in the city, it's just a matter of when."

The Brumbies are averaging crowds of 8,464 this season - the lowest of the four Australian Super Rugby teams - in their 25,000 capacity stadium.

BRUMBIES' 2018 HOME CROWDS

8,122 v the Sharks, March 17

13,515 v NSW Waratahs, March 31

7,598 v Queensland Reds, April 7

8,053 v Jaguares, April 22

8,215 v Crusaders, April 28

5,283 v Melbourne Rebels, May 12