Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Crowds flock to Big Bash League

Crowds flock to Big Bash League
January 5, 2017

Fans around Australia have been flocking to the KFC Big Bash League this season, with eight sold out matches already in BBL|06 demonstrating the growing popularity of the competition.

Of the 16 matches played so far in BBL|06 eight matches have been sold out, with the Brisbane Heat, Adelaide Strikers, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Thunder, and Hobart Hurricanes all achieving capacity crowds so far this season.

In addition to the sold out matches, an impressive crowd of more than 70,000 watched the first Melbourne derby between the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades on 1st January at the MCG, marking that the second biggest crowd in the history of the competition, with another big crowd expected for the return derby at Etihad Stadium this weekend.

459,410 fans have attended BBL|06 matches so far this season, with an average attendance of 28,713 representing a 5% increase on average attendances compared to this point in the competition during BBL|05.

In addition to the increased attendance, the broadcast viewership to date has seen on average more than one million fans tune in, with women making up 40% of these viewers.

Head of the Big Bash, Anthony Everard said the results to date echoed the hard work everyone from clubs, broadcasters, venues and Cricket Australia had put in to bringing fans another successful season.

Everard explained “we’re seeing some really exciting action on the field and innovative fan entertainment off the field.

“The BBL was a huge hit with families last summer because of the fast-paced on-field action and family friendly atmosphere at every match, and I am sure that BBL|06 will continue to entertain fans for the rest of the season.

“It has been fantastic to see so many kids in attendance at BBL matches again this year, getting involved with the sport and being inspired to pick up bat and ball themselves when community cricket begins again. We are also really pleased with the growing profile of the Rebel WBBL this year and the role this is playing in encouraging girls to take up the game.

“We’re excited about what is to come for the rest of the month, and looking forward to bigger crowds and tighter finishes.

However, the crowded cricket has become a key element of the bitter pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the players with the proliferation of games, particularly T20, posing a danger of burnout for players and fans.

During the current Australia v Pakistan test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke stated his concern that three formats and relentless scheduling had diminished his love of the game.

The former ACTU leader stated “I’m less passionate about cricket now than I was.

“There’s too much cricket. I’ve always been in favour of players getting well paid ... but I think money has taken over the game to a large extent.

“I loved the situation where we basically had Test matches and Sheffield Shield matches and that made me pretty happy.

“I’ve got to be honest, I’m not as rapt as I used to be.” 

Image: A crowd of 20,076 attended Spotless Stadium for last night's BBL match between Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars. Image courtesy of Damian Briggs Photography.

29th December 2016 - TICKETMASTER ACCUSED OF FACILITATING SCALPING AT BIG BASH LEAGUE GABBA SELLOUT

27th October 2016 - PROFIT DOWNTURN PRESENTS CHALLENGES FOR CRICKET AUSTRALIA

9th May 2016 - BIG BASH LEAGUE ENJOYS TOP SPORT VIEWING RATINGS

20th February 2015 - EIGHT TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR CRICKET AUSTRALIA WOMEN’S BIG BASH LEAGUE

31st March 2015 - MASSIVE CROWD NUMBERS FOR CRICKET WORLD CUP

20th August 2011 - ARGUS REVIEW RECOMMENDS MAJOR OVERHAUL OF ELITE CRICKET


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

GLADSTONE MRM

Gladstone Health & Leisure (Gladstone MRM Pty Ltd Australia) is a leading supplier of leisure management and fitness software and is endorsed by leading health and fitness professionals and…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Venues

 
 

Envibe

With its sleek good looks and easy-to-use yet powerful functionality, Envibe is the premium fitness club software for the Australasian leisure, recreation and fitness industry. We are the most…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Technology

 
 

QUAYCLEAN

Quayclean are a national cleaning and waste services partner with proven results in the understanding and delivery of cleaning needs and challenges faced by facilities including; major venues and…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Surfaces / Venues

 
 

Hadley/Series Australia Pty Ltd

Hadley Australia and Series Australia Pty Ltd are the leading quality theatre chair manufacturers in the southern hemisphere. The businesses work closely with architects, interior designers and…

read more

Arts / Culture / Design / Entertainment / Venues

 
 

HRMWEB

At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…

read more

Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 

DEBITSUCCESS

Over the past 10 years Debitsuccess has been providing expert billing services to businesses across Australia. Debitsuccess is now the largest full service direct debit provider in Australasia,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Golf / Recreation

 
 

PlayRope

Playrope Aqua-Fun, are the Australian & New Zealand exclusive distributors for Vortex Aquatic Structures International, the world leader in aquatic playgrounds and urban water landscapes.…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Parks / Play / Recreation

 
 

Augmented Creative

Augmented Creative is an open organization of like-minded and highly dedicated, creative people who conceive, plan and execute visual solutions. We pursue new and innovative visual ideas to help…

read more

Arts / Attractions / Consultants / Design / Tourism

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business