Black and white photo of athletes marching during the closing ceremony of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics
Bruce Howard, Olympic athletes march together during the closing ceremony of the Melbourne Olympics, Melbourne Cricket Ground, 1956nla.obj-147877423

Whether it is a football grand final, any of the many Olympic Games events or a Formula 1 motor race, Australians will turn out in their hundreds of thousands to watch major sporting events. The crowd numbers are matched by the ratings achieved on radio, television and streaming services.

Watching sport live is a major Australian pastime. Every day, across the nation, Australians from all walks of life attend sporting events or tune in to watch their champions display their considerable skills.