MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 29: A general view of the national anthem during the 2018 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the West Coast Eagles and the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 29, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The record for finals attendance has been set at 700,395 after fans flocked to the nine games throughout September.

This eclipsed the previous record of 651,000 which included a Grand Final replay between Collingwood and St. Kilda.

Five finals featured a crowd of 90,000 or more this year, the first time that has happened since 1972 and only the second time ever.

CEO Gillon McLachlan thanked fans for their support this season.

“The 2018 finals series delivered an exciting month of football, culminating in a fantastic Grand Final contest. To have more than 700,000 fans attend over the nine matches is remarkable,” he said in a statement.

“Witnessing 100,000 at the MCG on Saturday and the many of hundreds of thousands experience the footy festival, we are extremely proud that so many fans could experience Grand Final week.

“The new Optus Stadium in Perth delivered our code and the state of Western Australia a world class venue in every sense, with record attendances for footy in the state at the two West Coast Eagles finals.

“Thank you to our clubs, stadia and venue partners across the country that deliverable a memorable experience for fans across the country.”

The 100,022 crowd that attended this year’s Grand Final was the most since 1970.

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Overall, 7,595,165 patrons attended the footy this season, a record.