LOCAL cricket fans showed their passion for the Hobart Hurricanes during the four home matches at Blundstone Arena over the Christmas/New Year period.
Led by Tasmanian and Australian captain George Bailey, the Hurricanes’ KFC Twenty20 (T20) Big Bash (BBL|04) game against the Brisbane Heat at home presented a record crowd the purple team’s powerful batting stocks.
The Hurricanes chased down the Heat’s 208 runs, which was the second highest total ever in the Big Bash League, for a thrilling win.
Unfortunately, the Hurricanes did not progress to the BBL|04 finals, but that did not stop fans flocking through the Blundstone Arena gates.
Cricket Tasmania marketing and commercial general manager Michael Roberts said the crowds for BBL|04 were extremely pleasing.
“The match against Brisbane Heat set a domestic cricket attendance record at Blundstone Arena with 14,744 people packing in to see openers Ben Dunk and Tim Paine put on 120 runs for the opening partnership,” he said.
“Off the field we have seen spectacular results and our Purple Army Membership grew to 2,801, which is a great increase of 44 per cent on last season, while members’ only events, including the season launch and the kid’s clinic, were extremely successful.
“With the opening of the new Ricky Ponting stand we saw great crowds attending all Hurricanes matches, with a total of 55,105 coming to Blundstone Arena during the home games.
Mr Roberts said although the Hurricanes season was over, there was still plenty of cricket to come.
“The Tasmanian Tigers are set to play two Bupa Sheffield Shield games at home in February and Blundstone Arena is preparing to host three International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup matches in March,” he said.