Charity Shield draws a crowd despite heat

Published on 20 February 2023

Charity Shield crowd

A strong crowd turned out for the 40th annual Charity Shield in Mudgee on Saturday despite very hot conditions peaking at 37 degrees.

Some 8,317 people made their way to Glen Willow to see the South Sydney Rabbitohs claim back the Charity Shield defeating the St George Illawarra Dragons 42 – 24.

Mayor of the Mid-Western Region, Des Kennedy commended fans for their patience and behaviour through the day.

“Everything ran smoothly on that day, and it was fantastic to see locals and visitors alike enjoying themselves at a great day out,” Cr Kennedy said.

“The success of this game comes down to a tremendous amount of planning on the part of Council as we continue to revise and improve the event format.”

Council estimates from economic data that approximately $1.6 million was spent in the region over the weekend, at restaurants and cafes, retailers and accommodation providers.

“Large events provide a real boost for our local economy, which is why we continue to work with NRL teams to attract games to Glen Willow,” Cr Kennedy said.

“It is equally of benefit to have other events like the Gulgong Show and Country Championships for visitors to attend over the weekend.”

Council will next host the A-League, Central Coast Mariners v Macarthur FC on 11 March followed by the NRL again on 1 April when the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles take on the Newcastle Knights.

Tickets for both events are available now