Tickets for the eighth season of the KFC Big Bash League (BBL) and fourth season of the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) are on sale from today, Thursday 4 October.
Prices for the upcoming BBL season remain unchanged for the eighth consecutive year, with adult tickets from $20, kids tickets from $5, and family tickets from $42.50*. As the competition moves to a full Home and Away fixture, more fans across Australia will be able to experience the great value entertainment the BBL has to offer this summer. All non-double-header WBBL|04 matches in Sydney (North Sydney, Bankstown, Blacktown, Hurstville) will also be ticketed, with adult tickets from $10, concession from $5, while kid’s entry will remain free*.
As the WBBL continues to grow and build on the success from last season and further develop the competition, ticketing more matches is an important step for the League as it prepares to move its first ever stand-alone fixture in the 2019-20 season.
The BBL regular season has increased to 56 matches, up from 40 matches in BBL|07, in addition to the two Semi Finals and the Final. Every club will play each other twice, across what could be one of the most competitive seasons in BBL history.
The WBBL regular season will feature 56 matches, in addition to two Semi Finals and the Final, boasting more weekend games and family friendly timeslots than ever before. Once again, all regular season matches will be free of charge for attending fans.
The summer of Big Bash entertainment will commence with a blockbuster WBBL|04 opening weekend across Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December at the newly refurbished CitiPower Centre at Junction Oval. The weekend will feature four matches, with all eight clubs from across the country competing in this celebration of Big Bash cricket.
The exciting start to the WBBL|04 season leads into the commencement of BBL|08, when for the first time ever, the opening matchup will take place in Brisbane as the Brisbane Heat host the reigning BBL|07 Champions, the Adelaide Strikers, at the Gabba on Wednesday 19 December.
In a League first, WBBL|04 finals will be stand-alone fixtures, guaranteeing that the top ranked teams will win the right to host at their home stadium, in front of a home crowd. Both WBBL Semi Finals will take place on Saturday 19 December at the one location, with the Final to be played the following weekend on Australia Day, Saturday 26 January. The BBL|08 Semi Finals will be played on Thursday 14 February and Friday 15 February, and the Final will take place on Sunday 17 February.
Cricket Australia Head of Big Bash Leagues, Kim McConnie said: “The KFC Big Bash League continues to be one of the most affordable, accessible family entertainment options in Australia. Heading into our eighth BBL season, and our first full Home and Away fixture, we are proud that entry level prices to our matches once again remain unchanged since BBL|01.
“After three successful seasons of the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League, it’s clear there is a strong appetite for the women’s game, with more people than ever before turning out and tuning in to watch these matches. This season, all non-double-header WBBL matches in Sydney will be ticketed, as we look to further develop the competition ahead of a stand-alone WBBL fixture in 2019-20.
“With the ongoing support of our naming rights partners KFC and Rebel, we believe this is going to be one of the most exciting BBL and WBBL seasons to-date, and we look forward to bringing the fast-paced on-field action and entertainment to fans across Australia.”
Angela Richards, Group Marketing Director, KFC Australia said: “KFC looks forward to begin part of another entertaining season of the Big Bash League, for an eighth consecutive year.
The bucketheads will be back, full of colour (and now recyclable) and adding to the fun and excitement that only Big Bash Cricket can bring to the Summer.”
Erica Berchtold, Managing Director, Rebel said: “Rebel is a passionate supporter of girls and women playing cricket, and we’ve been right behind the Women’s Big Bash League from day one. We are delighted to be heading into our fourth year of supporting the WBBL as the competition goes from strength to strength.
“Rebel’s ongoing support of the WBBL demonstrates our lasting commitment to women in sport, and the long-term sustainability and development of the women’s competition”
BBL|08 will reach more fans across Australia than ever before, with Fox Cricket and Seven covering the Big Bash action. Fox Cricket will broadcast all 59 matches, including 16 matches exclusively, while Seven will broadcast 43 matches across the season. BBL|08 match broadcasts will also be available via Macquarie Sports Radio, SEN1116, and Cricket Australia digital channels.
Across the season, 23 WBBL matches will be broadcast live on Fox Cricket and Seven, almost double the number of televised matches from last season. The remaining 36 matches will be livestreamed on cricket.com.au and the CA Live App. The WBBL action will also receive extensive live coverage across the country via ABC Radio, meaning fans will be able to enjoy more WBBL action at home than ever before.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 11:00am, Thursday 4 October 2018 (local time).