One Direction Break Sydney Venue Record, Awarded Olympic Park ‘Star’

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Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Harry Styles of One Direction speak onstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in Brooklyn,NY

One Direction have claimed a piece of box-office history on their latest Australasian tour.

The British pop group performed their seventh and final sell-out Sydney show at the Allphones Arena on Saturday night, setting a new record for the venue.

One Direction’s Allphones Arena dates shifted 81,542 tickets, smashing the previous standard of 74,244 set by Metallica across four shows on their 2010 tour (when the venue was known as Acer Arena).

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To commemorate the achievement, execs at Allphones Arena presented each member of One Direction with a “gold microphone” and unveiled the first entertainer’s “Star” in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct. The plaque now sits outside the main entrance to the west Sydney venue.

One Direction’s tour in support of “Take Me Home” concludes Oct. 30 with the final of three shows at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena. They’ll have played 26 shows across Australia and New Zealand on this latest tour, all of which sold-out in rapid fashion.  The group’s 2012 Australian tour sold out in just 3 minutes.