Australian Turnstiles – February 13, 2018
Lower Prices for NRL at ANZ Stadium
In a big win for fans, the four NRL clubs based at ANZ Stadium have reached a deal with the venue that will see ticket prices slashed to make games more affordable for families. Canterbury, South Sydney, Parramatta, and Wests Tigers have also reached agreement for club members to receive free entry for all away games their club plays at ANZ. Ticket prices as low as $20 will also include free public transport to and from Olympic Park, with food and beverage prices also being cut. This is a clear move to attract more fans to ANZ which is consistently decried for having a poor atmosphere with average crowds of around 13,000, in a stadium that has capacity for 80,000.
ICC 2020 World Twenty20 Cup Host Cities Announced
The hosting cities for the Men’s and Women’s Twenty20 Cricket World Cups have been announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Both tournaments will be hosted by Australia, with each being a stand-alone event. The women’s tournament will feature 10 teams and run from February 21st to March 8th, while the men will play from October 18th to November 15th and consist of 16 teams. The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will host both finals, with the women’s final taking place on International Women’s Day, Sunday March 8th, 2020, setting up a potential world record crowd for a women’s sporting event. The MCG is listed as the 10th largest stadium in the world with a capacity of 100,024. While the full fixture lists are not yet available, the venues to be used include:
- MCG (Melbourne)
- SCG (Sydney)
- ‘Gabba (Brisbane)
- Adelaide Oval (Adelaide)
- Optus Stadium (Perth)
- WACA (Perth)
- Blundstone Arena (Hobart)
- Spotless Stadium (Sydney)
- Manuka Oval (Canberra)
- St Kilda Cricket Field (Melbourne)
- GMHBA Stadium (Geelong)
The last Men’s T20 World Cup was held in India in 2016, with the West Indies defeating England in the final. The women play every two years; in 2016 the West Indies defeated Australia in the final, and their next tournament is scheduled for November of 2018 in the Caribbean.
Twenty20 is the newest form of cricket, designed to be a fast and exciting contest. Each team bats for twenty overs (there are six “balls” or deliveries in an over), with games completed in around three hours. T20 has grown rapidly in popularity over the past few years, attracting many new young fans to the game.
Are the Sydney Rugby Sevens Moving North?
The reality of the potential demolition and rebuilding of Sydney’s two largest football stadiums is starting to become apparent. Many high-profile teams and events will have to find temporary homes elsewhere during the process. For Allianz Stadium in the eastern suburbs, this will include Sydney FC (A-League), Sydney Roosters (NRL), and the NSW Waratahs (Super Rugby). Also affected will be the Sydney 7’s – the Australian leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series. Sydney has hosted the tournament for the last three years, having previously been based on the Gold Coast, and Adelaide before that. Local media has reported Central Coast Stadium could be in the running to host the 7’s while Allianz is out of action.
An hour north of Sydney, Central Coast Stadium at Gosford was opened in 2000 with the intent of hosting a relocated North Sydney Bears NRL club. Sadly, this never worked out, however the formation of the A-League in 2005 resulted in the Central Coast Mariners being born, and they’re now the sole regular tenant, although a few NRL clubs periodically move an occasional home game up the M1 to Gosford. The region has previously displayed their appetite for sevens rugby, having previously hosted the high-quality Central Coast 7’s at Wyong.
Etihad Stadium Marks Biggest Six
Former Australian batter, and recently retired Melbourne Renegade star, Brad Hodge, has received an unusual honour at Etihad Stadium. During his last ever match, Hodge hit the longest six ever seen at the stadium, sending a ball into the third level. The stadium has decided to commemorate the shot by replacing the seat where the ball landed from a white colour, to a red seat – matching the primary colour of the Renegades.
Crowds Flocking to NBL
Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) is enjoying a resurgence with crowds flocking to games in record numbers. Average crowds across the league are up by 8% on last year as Aussies are showing a renewed interest in local basketball. The Perth Wildcats have set a new record average attendance for the league with over 13,000 fans at each home game at the Perth Arena.
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