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Bigger Big Bash sets the scene for epic summer of cricket

July 31, 2017

  • Rebel WBBL|03: Sat 9 Dec 2017 – Sun 4 Feb 2018

  • KFC BBL|07: Tues 19 Dec 2017 – Sun 4 Feb 2018

  • Women’s Big Bash League to again launch Big Bash summer with standalone weekend in Sydney and Adelaide and prime time matches on Network Ten

  • 22 double-headers for the BBL and WBBL

  • 55 Big Bash broadcast matches across the summer, including 12 WBBL broadcast matches, with to livestream the remaining WBBL games

  • Fan favourite BBL fixtures, NYE in Adelaide and the popular Melbourne derbies in early January, return for BBL|07

  • Entry level ticket prices remain unchanged and family-friendly for the seventh straight season

  • Tickets to BBL|07 on sale from Monday 16 October

The KFC Big Bash League (BBL) and Rebel Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) schedules have been released today, with more matches, more venues, and more family-friendly entertainment set to make this Big Bash summer the biggest ever.

The schedule begins with a stand-alone, blockbuster opening weekend for the Rebel WBBL|03, following the resounding success of the second season of the WBBL. The carnival-style weekend across Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December will feature four matches in Sydney, broadcast live on Network Ten’s main channel, as well as two matches in Adelaide that will be livestreamed.

Across the season, 12 matches of the WBBL will be broadcast on Network Ten, with all remaining matches livestreamed on the CA Live platform.

The WBBL leads into the start of KFC BBL|07 a week later, with the Sydney Thunder hosting Sydney Sixers in the Sydney Smash at Spotless Stadium on Tuesday 19 December.

The BBL regular season has increased to 40 matches, up from 32 matches in BBL|06, in addition to the existing two Semi Finals and the Final. The expansion means that more than 100 BBL and WBBL matches will be played this season. Every match of BBL|07 will be broadcast live on Network Ten and across the Macquarie Radio Network.

The expanded competition will see each BBL Club allocated an additional home match per season (moving from four to five) and increase each Club’s regular season fixtures from eight to ten. New markets to attract Big Bash matches for the season will include Launceston, with additional new markets still in contention to host Adelaide Strikers, Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Renegades fixtures this season.

Entry level ticket prices remain unchanged and family-friendly for the seventh straight season, from $20 for adults, $5 for kids, and $42.50 for families*, with the same general admission pricing for double-header matches.

Cricket Australia Executive General Manager of Events and Leagues, Anthony Everard said: “We’re very excited to be able to announce the BBL and WBBL schedules for the upcoming season, and we expect this to the biggest yet thanks to the increased number of matches and the growing popularity of both competitions.

“We know the MOU is still being finalised, but we are confident this won’t affect the upcoming BBL and WBBL season, and we’re looking forward to welcoming a huge number of travelling fans who are coming out for the Ashes. This will help them plan their ultimate summer in Australia.

“Both the BBL and WBBL are firm family favourites during the summer school holidays, and with even more matches we hope fans will continue to vote with their feet, support their club, and help us surpass last year’s attendance, which exceeded 1 million for the second consecutive season.

“Network Ten’s ongoing commitment to both the WBBL and BBL means fans around the country can enjoy more of the Big Bash action. Starting with the standalone opening weekend, Network Ten will be broadcasting 12 matches of the WBBL, reinforcing their commitment to growing women’s cricket in Australia. Every BBL match will again be broadcast on Network Ten after averaging more than a million viewers every match last season, complementing the record-breaking attendance, which averaged more than 30,000 per regular season match.

“The eight additional BBL matches for this season have been scheduled to complement the existing regular season fixture, take the BBL and WBBL to more locations, and encourage more people to give cricket a go. The opportunity to take matches to markets such as Launceston is particularly exciting as it represents the growing popularity of the Big Bash nationwide, and we are hopeful of extending the BBL’s footprint even further this season in partnership with the Thunder, Strikers and Renegades, who remain in discussions to take matches to new markets.

“The dual objectives of adding these extra games is consistent with the Cricket’s strategy of broadening cricket’s fan base and attracting new fans to the sport. We hope to continue to drive participation in the sport, and where possible to open up new markets throughout the country, servicing untapped demand and allowing even more first-time fans across Australia the ability to experience cricket outside of capital cities.”

Network Ten Chief Executive Officer, Paul Anderson, said: “We are excited about and looking forward to another great summer of BBL and WBBL cricket on Network Ten. 

“We are proud to be working with Cricket Australia on the future development of this competition, by broadcasting matches in new venues this summer. Together, Ten and Cricket Australia have built the Big Bash into the most anticipated sporting competition of the summer. This year looks particularly exciting, with eight extra matches taking us through until the first week of February. We can’t wait for the summer of cricket on Ten.”

Ticketing information

General public tickets for all BBL|07 home-and-away matches will go on sale to the public on Monday 16 October.

Fans can take advantage of the exceptional value on offer with BBL entry level ticket prices remaining unchanged and family-friendly for the seventh straight season, including the same general admission pricing to matches that are double-headers with the WBBL.

* At the gate. Tickets purchased online attract a per transaction agency fee from $3.50