A year to the day since a lone bugler played the Last Post inside an empty stadium, the MCG has played host to the biggest crowd at a sporting event anywhere in the world since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
After COVID-19 put a line through the 2020 blockbuster, 78,113 fans turned out to watch Collingwood and Essendon face off, with the Bombers running out 24-point winners in an entertaining match.
The crowd comfortably topped the 67,000 that attended a Twenty20 cricket match between India and England in Ahmedabad last month.
Sitting 15th and 16th on the ladder before the match, both teams are enduring difficult seasons but that did nothing to subdue the atmosphere.
But with the state government this week increasing capacity at the MCG to 85 per cent, no diehard fan was missing this.
On the same weekend banners returned to AFL fields, Collingwood and Essendon ran through the same one — an entrance that has become an Anzac Day tradition.
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