The Renegades are set to play three WBBL and two BBL matches in Geelong including two double-headers at GMHBA Stadium.
Premier of Victoria, the Hon Daniel Andrews MP confirmed the news today.
Victorian Minister for Tourism, Major Events and Sport John Eren said the Big Bash matches form a key part of the region’s events calendar.
“We had 329,493 people through the gates of Kardinia Park last financial year and with world class teams like the Renegades putting on a show, we’ll surpass that total this year.”
The Renegades hosted a historic double-header in Geelong in January, drawing a crowd of nearly 24,000 people – a record for a non-AFL match at the venue.
City of Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood said last season’s crowd showed the passion for cricket in the city.
“We’re rapt to be welcoming the Renegades back to Geelong for two games this summer. We’re a cricket loving city, and the large crowd for last season’s match showed there’s enormous interest in the Big Bash. I’m certain our community will get behind the Renegades just as strongly this time around.”
Kardinia Park Stadium Trust Chief Executive Michael Brown said the extra matches will provide further opportunities to showcase the first class facilities at GMHBA Stadium.
“We are thrilled to welcome back the Renegades to their home away from home, GMHBA Stadium,” Brown said. “Securing two BBL double-headers further enhances our reputation as Australia’s ‘Best Regional Stadium’ and we cannot wait to once again showcase the Stadium and Geelong to the world. We would like to acknowledge the Victorian Government, the City of Greater Geelong, Cricket Australia and the Melbourne Renegades for making today’s announcement possible.”
The Renegades will host a Family Day, WBBL match against Brisbane Heat and a BBL practice match at Geelong Cricket Ground on Sunday December 16, in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong and the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust.
Double headers will also be hosted on January 3 (WBBL v Hurricanes, BBL v Strikers) and January 13 (WBBL v Sixers, BBL v Heat) at GMHBA Stadium.
The additional Geelong fixtures for the BBL|08 and WBBL|04 seasons are part of the Renegades push to strengthen its ties with Victoria’s biggest regional city.
“Last season demonstrated how much the Geelong and wider Surf Coast communities want Big Bash on their doorstep,” Melbourne Renegades Chief Executive Stuart Coventry said.
“I’d like to thank the Government and the City of Greater Geelong for its support to bring more major events to Geelong and to our colleagues at the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust for their support for cricket.
“We feel very welcome in Geelong and the city has really adopted us as their team. GMHBA Stadium is a world-class facility and the pitch, outfield and viewing areas compare favourably to anything on offer around the country.
“Ultimately this is about taking the Renegades to more Victorians. Between our base at Marvel Stadium and Geelong, there are more opportunities than ever before to get involved and support the team. We’re looking forward to big crowds this season.”
REBEL WBBL|04 GEELONG FIXTURES:
Sunday December 16, 2018 - Renegades v Heat, 2:10pm Geelong Cricket Ground
Thursday January 3, 2019 - Renegades v Hurricanes, 2:50pm GMHBA Stadium
Sunday January 13, 2019 - Renegades v Sixers, 2:50pm GMHBA Stadium
KFC BBL|08 GEELONG FIXTURES:
Thursday January 3, 2019 - Renegades v Strikers, 7:15pm GMHBA Stadium
Sunday January 13, 2019 - Renegades v Heat, 6:35pm GMHBA Stadium