Expanded Big Bash season announced
Women's competition to begin T20 season including expanded 43-game men's BBL|07
31 July 2017, 10:02 AM AEST
Australia's summer of Big Bash cricket will begin in early December as Cricket Australia today released fixtures for an expanded 43-game men's season.
The Rebel Women's Big Bash League will open the season on December 9 before the seventh season of the men's KFC Big Bash League starts 10 days later with a Sydney derby hosted by the Thunder.
The finals for both competitions will be played on February 4.
Each of the men's teams play 10 matches this summer, split evenly between home and away games — this is up from four home matches in previous seasons.
The BBL flagged in January that some matches would be played in new venues. The Hobart Hurricanes will host the Sydney Thunder in Launceston on December 30 in the first confirmed match away from a traditional venue.
There remains one home match for each of the Melbourne Renegades, the Adelaide Strikers and the Thunder yet to be confirmed, raising the possibility up to three more Big Bash games could be played in regional centres in BBL|07.
"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," said CA Executive General Manager of Events and Leagues, Anthony Everard.
"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."
There are nine matches in the WBBL|03 fixture that have unconfirmed venues, while the women's competition will again see fixtures played away from the major venues in each city, with 22 matches to be double-headers with the men's teams.
Every BBL match will again be broadcast live and free on Network Ten and the Macquarie Radio Network, while fans will be able to stream all the action on cricket.com.au and the CA Live app via a Live Pass subscription.
Network Ten will also screen 12 WBBL matches, including four on the opening weekend, with the remaining 47 WBBL matches live streamed on cricket.com.au.
"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 one million for the second consecutive season," said Everard.
"Network Ten's ongoing commitment to both the WBBL and BBL means fans around the country can enjoy more of the Big Bash action."
Tickets to BBL|07 go on sale from Monday, October 16, with entry level prices unchanged for the seventh straight season: $20 for adults, $5 for kids, and $42.50 for families (tickets purchased online attract a per transaction agency fee from $3.50), with the same general admission pricing for double-header matches.
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BBL and WBBL key points
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 cricket.com.au 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