Canberra spent 100 years in the sports wilderness, but the city needed just one year to prove it should no longer be treated like an outcast.
After Sunday's Australia-New Zealand netball Test, the curtain will draw on a blockbuster year of sport to celebrate Canberra's centenary.
Surely we've proven we shouldn't have to wait another 100 years to again be part of the big show.
Ever since the Australian Ladies Golf Open at Royal Canberra in February, Canberra has shown it has an insatiable hunger for top-level sport, which has largely bypassed the city.
We've feasted on blue-ribbon events in rugby league, rugby union, basketball, cricket and AFL. Hopefully sport's powerbrokers realise it would be foolhardy to roll the credits and subject Canberra to the famine of previous years.
It's a bit like feeding a cat top-shelf canned food for a year, then expecting it to settle for biscuits.
Sunday's Constellation Cup finale at AIS Arena sold out in minutes. A capacity crowd of 6000 will watch netball's arch rivals duke it out.
It's the latest example Canberra will support high-level contests, and the days where we have to settle for meaningless events such as last year's Socceroos-Malaysia snooze-a-thon are behind us.
This year was make or break for Canberra sports fans.
Had they not shown up in numbers, the chances of the city getting more big-ticket events would have been severely compromised. But the general public has done its bit, now it's time for the country's top sports to reward that support.
Here's the numbers that prove Canberra deserves to keep its slice of the pie.
February: Australia-West Indies one-day international - The fact this was the first time the Australian team had played in Canberra is nothing short of embarrassing. The match was one of the best of the summer, Australia winning in a run-fest. More than 600 runs were scored in front of a sellout 11,500 crowd. The Manuka ''road'' is ideal for one-day cricket, especially at a time when crowds for the 50-over game are dwindling. The ground now has lights and its capacity will increase to 19,000 once renovations are complete. Surely a packed house at Manuka is a better look for the game than a half-empty SCG.
February: Australian Ladies Golf Open - The Royal Canberra event attracted a 13 per cent boost in crowds compared with last year's tournament in Melbourne. It went to 97 million households in 22 countries. Galleries of almost 28,000 watched Korean Ji Yai Shin edge out a crack field featuring seven of the world's top 20.
April: Rugby league Anzac Test - 25,628 packed Canberra Stadium to watch Australia storm home in the second half to beat a depleted New Zealand 32-12. It is the second-biggest league crowd recorded at the ground, behind only the 26,476 for a 2010 semi between Canberra and Wests Tigers. The Test was the highlight of a weeklong celebration, including visits by both sides to the War Memorial and fan days where youngsters got to meet their heroes. ACT sports minister Andrew Barr has held talks with the NRL about Canberra hosting the game again in 2015, the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli.
June: ACT Brumbies pull off boilover against British and Irish Lions - It was snowing in some areas of Canberra before kick-off, but nearly 22,000 were still on hand to watch the Brumbies beat the tourists 14-12 in one of the club's greatest victories. The Brumbies became the first provincial side to defeat the Lions in 42 years.
August: Australia v New Zealand basketball - Canberra heroes Patrick Mills and Lauren Jackson inspired the Boomers and Opals to comfortable wins in front of a big crowd at AIS Arena.
It's indisputable evidence Canberra should no longer be viewed as a city only capable of hosting events not wanted by big metropolitan centres.
But officials need to be aware not to dilute the novelty factor, one of the biggest reasons the centenary of sport has been so popular.
It's a fine line to tread. We deserve more regular top-level sport, but not to the point where we take it for granted and interest begins to wane.
Just ask the Raiders, whose crowds have dwindled to the extent they're looking at taking home games to Perth and Mudgee.