‘Canes big Xmas Eve bash selling fast
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.”
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