The crowd reported is around 133-137k. There is a spin on highest number of spectators for some of these matches etc.
It is a joke because if you had the games at the normal venues, I think you probably down only 20-25% at most. Considering the tickets were being sold from $60-100 for a 8 game package, it is hard to see financially how the NRL were better off significantly.
Also who paid the costs of flying and accommodating the players, staff and officials etc? Was it the clubs or NRL?
The concept needs a bit of tweaking as it is better playing in other states rather than Brisbane and Sydney. This way the NRL can attract different fans.
It will be intriguing to work out how many of the crowd on the weekend were players, staff etc. Also how many spectators attended all 4 days etc.