Big Bash League returns to the Red Centre today

Cricket fans from across the Territory and Australia are expected to flock to Alice Springs’ TIO Traeger Park today for the Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers Big Bash League (BBL) season opener at 1.15pm ACST.

Today’s blockbuster match is part of the Territory Labor Government’s deal with the Hobart Hurricanes and Cricket Australia to bring BBL to the Red Centre.

Cricket Tasmania CEO Dominic Baker said the team was very excited to be coming to Alice Springs for the season opener.

“In building on the existing relationship we have with Northern Territory Cricket through our pre-season camps and participation in the TIO Strike League, it’s a natural progression to be bringing the team back during the season for our match against the Sydney Sixers,” he said.

“We’re grateful for the support from the Northern Territory Government through Northern Territory Major Events Company.

“It ensures that we can deliver a product to the same standards as we would in Tasmania, ensuring that Territorians can experience the best of cricket without having to travel interstate.”

It is anticipated nearly 900,000 people will tune into the free-to-air broadcast to watch the Hurricanes make their season debut.

Local businesses and the Territory economy will also receive a welcome boost from the game, with cricket officials, teams and television broadcasters travelling to Central Australia for the much-anticipated match.

The Hobart Hurricanes have been active in the community with a number of fan engagement activities including an open training session and a visit to the Desert Hoops basketball project.

Gates open at 12pm, with the first ball set to be bowled at 1.15pm ACST.

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