Brisbane has made history, becoming the first city to sell-out a Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes match, Cricket Australia confirmed today.
Tickets to the ODI between Australia and England on 22 October at Brisbane’s Allan Border Field sold out with 23 days still to go, the feat made even more significant given this is the first time tickets have been on sale to Australian Women’s Cricket Team matches in Australia.
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said:
“It’s incredibly pleasing to have already sold out the opening match of the Women’s Ashes. This is the first time that AB Field will host the Women’s Ashes, with the boutique nature of the ground and promise of world-class cricket from the two highest-ranked teams in the world, meaning it’s the perfect venue to launch the summer of international cricket, and fans in Brisbane should be proud of their efforts.
“The interest in women’s sport is at an all-time high and the anticipation is growing ahead of what will be an historic series with the Australian Women’s team to be part of the first ever Day-Night Ashes Test match.
“We’d like to thank Brisbane Marketing and Tourism & Events Queensland for their support with the promotion of this match. This is a valuable extension of our three-year partnership working to promote international cricket in Brisbane.
“We have high expectations and ambitions for this series and it’s exciting that we are leading the way in showing that cricket is a sport for all.” said Mr Sutherland.
Queensland Cricket CEO Max Walters congratulated local cricket fans for supporting the match so eagerly.
“We’re very pleased to be able to host a sold-out Women’s Ashes match at Allan Border Field. The build-up to the opening game of the series will be held in Brisbane with England and Australia playing warm-up games before-hand and we are delighted that the series will open in front of an excited crowd that will no doubt provide plenty of atmosphere for both teams,” he said.
“It is also pleasing that the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust will be a beneficiary of the enthusiasm shown by the fans to buy tickets with two dollars from each adult and concession ticket being donated to the Trust to enable them to continue the excellent work they do in our local community.”
“With the opening Ashes Test match at the Gabba also selling very strongly, this Women’s Ashes sell-out reinforces Queensland’s claims of successfully hosting international matches in the future. We look forward to strengthening our existing partnerships with Tourism & Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing to achieve this,” he said.
Fans who can’t make it to the matches can purchase a Cricket Australia Live pass to watch every match by visiting cricket.com.au, or catch the ODIs and T20s live and free on the Nine Network.
Tickets to the remaining Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes matches in Coffs Harbour, Sydney and Canberra are still available for just $10 for adults and $5 for concessions*, while kids can get in for free^.
Each match of the series will also support a nominated charity or the local cricket community, with two dollars from each adult and concession ticket being donated. Details on how to buy tickets are available at www.cricket.com.au/tickets.
*At match price. $2.95 per transaction ticket agency fee applies to purchases elsewhere.
^ Kids 15 years and under at date of match. Kids will still need a valid match ticket. Book free kids’ tickets with yours.