I know their not expecting a huge crowd. Although it is still bigger than what our stadia can hold if they nudge 50k. They have had to move other tests over to the SFS the Bledisloe was still drawing but losing so much doesn't help.Off topic but channel surfing between ANZ and Leichardt. Not much of a crowd for the Bledisloe curtain raiser.
The low crowd for the curtain raiser isn't uncommon. I remember an article in the SMH years ago when they were getting big crowds. The Bledisloe was more of an event to go to. They still weren't getting people in early then.