With Queensland Cricket and the Brisbane Heat committed to engaging fans across the state, it was a just time to announce the Heat's expanded WBBL and BBL seasons.
For the first time, the Heat will play home BBL games outside of the Gabba, with Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast to host two matches, including a New Year's Day afternoon fixture.
The Heat will launch the BBL|08 season on the 19th of December at the Gabba, and will play four more games at the ground as part of a full 14-game home and away competition.
Building on the success of last year's WBBL trip to Mackay, the Heat will again head back to the region for two games against the Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades. The club will also host the Sydney Thunder in Cairns for the first time.
Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Max Walters said the Heat club would reach more fans than ever this summer with the addition of BBL matches at the Gold Coast and WBBL games in Mackay and Cairns.
“Growing the BBL and WBBL is a priority for cricket and we are confident the Heat can help deliver on this through our State-wide focus in taking matches to new markets and regions,’’ he said.
“Queensland Cricket and Cricket Australia have made a significant investment in the infrastructure at Metricon Stadium in partnership with the Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games, the City of Gold Coast and the Gold Coast Suns and we are delighted to confirm a three-year commitment to play Heat matches at the venue,’’ he said.
“The support from all stakeholders reinforces the BBL’s prominent place in the summer holiday period and we’re excited to promote the many attractions the Gold Coast has to offer for fans coming to enjoy our matches during peak holiday period.”
“The club will again have five matches at the Gabba, including two double-headers with the WBBL team, and will continue to provide world-class, family-friendly entertainment and attract new fans to enjoy the experience,” Walters said.
Fans will also have access to more live WBBL action than ever before, with the Heat to feature in six live TV matches on Channel Seven and Fox Sports starting with the WBBL|03 opening weekend in Melbourne on Sunday the 2nd of December.