‘Canes big Xmas Eve bash selling fast

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - BRETT STUBBS

HOBARTIANS are get­ting be­hind the Hur­ri­canes’ Christ­mas Eve bash with tick­ets selling well for the state’s first home BBL clash of the sum­mer.

Cricket Tas­ma­nia is hop­ing to make a tra­di­tion of the Christ­mas Eve fix­ture and has Christ­mas car­ols booked for pa­trons fol­low­ing the match against the Mel­bourne Stars at Blund­stone Arena.

CT chief ex­ec­u­tive Nick Cum­mins said sales were al­ready bet­ter than for the first game of last sea­son.

“I think we are al­ready about 30 to 35 per cent sold, but cer­tainly it is on track with sales and mem­bers for about 12,000 which is good,” Mr Cum­mins said.

“We are not sure how many will stay for the car­ols straight af­ter, but we are rea­son­ably happy with sales at this stage.”

The Pur­ple Army marched to Burnie this week­end for WBBL matches against the Stars yes­ter­day and to­day.

With free en­try, a crowd of 1163 turned up to watch the Stars chase down the Hur­ri­canes’ 6-158 yes­ter­day with a ball to spare.

Mr Cum­mins said he was thrilled with the North-West Coast ven­ture, but that nei­ther West Park nor Devon­port Oval were ca­pa­ble of host­ing a men’s game.

“They don’t have the ca­pa­bil­ity for men,” he said.

“You have to be able to do a full broad­cast and the over­lay that comes with a men’s Big Bash game is sig­nif­i­cant, there is quite a lot of in­fra­struc­ture re­quired to host them.”

Don’t miss your Sun­day Tas­ma­nian next week for a spe­cial 32-page guide to the Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes’ Big Bash sea­son.

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