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Big Bash comes to Metricon Stadium

July, 18NewsNo comment

Metricon Stadium will break new ground these summer holidays when it hosts two Brisbane Heat matches and one Melbourne Stars game in its first year of BBL matches at Metricon Stadium.

The Heat will play back to back matches at Metricon Stadium against Hobart Hurricanes (Saturday 22 December) and a New Year’s Day clash with the Sydney Sixers.

In another first, the Melbourne Stars will also take a game to Metricon Stadium, hosting the Sydney Thunder on Saturday 5 January, to make it three BBL fixtures at Metricon Stadium.

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 Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium.

“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.”

Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones said the announcement was a fantastic legacy from the Games.

“Our investment in sporting infrastructure at Carrara has ensured Metricon Stadium is now at the standard required to host elite cricket matches.” Ms Jones said.

“We invested in Metricon Stadium to bring world-class cricket to the Gold Coast because we know major events attract visitors, create jobs and grow the local economy.

“Not only will Gold Coast cricket fans and visitors get to see some BBL action this season, but Metricon will also play host to a T20 International match.”

Mayor Tom Tate said today’s announcement to include the Gold Coast in the Big Bash League was a clear indication of how far the city’s reputation had come in hosting major events.

“After successfully hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast is now an internationally recognised world-class event destination.

“And although Metricon Stadium was upgraded in 2011, it has never hosted a cricket match. I am sure everyone will agree this superb venue is the ideal location for Big Bash cricket.”

Gold Coast Suns Chief Executive Officer Mark Evans said the club was delighted to partner with cricket.

“The Gold Coast Suns are thrilled to be hosting three BBL matches a year at Metricon Stadium over the next three years. This summer will see Metricon Stadium host an International T20 fixture between Australia and South Africa in November as well as Big Bash matches,’’ he said.

“Metricon Stadium is a world class regional multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue that has a proven track record of delivering outstanding events and experiences whether that be an AFL match, major international athletics meet, concerts and now Big Bash cricket.”

The BBL will be broadcast on Channel 7 and FOX Sports this season.

The Heat have announced the following contracted players for BBL|08:

Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum (int), James Pattinson, Jimmy Peirson, Matthew Renshaw, Alex Ross, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson

2018-19 Metricon Stadium BBL Matches
Sat 22 Dec, Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes, 6pm start
Tues 1 Jan, Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers, 1:45pm start
Sat 5 Jan, Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder, 5:45pm start

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International Cricket comes to Metricon Stadium

April, 30NewsNo comment

Metricon Stadium, the home of the Gold Coast SUNS, will host its first International cricket match this summer after striking a deal with Cricket Australia.

Australia will play South Africa in a Gillette T20 International at Metricon Stadium ‪on November 17.

Gold Coast SUNS Chief Executive Officer Mark Evans said the club was thrilled to host its first International cricket fixture.

“As manager of the venue the Gold Coast SUNS are absolutely delighted that Metricon Stadium will host an International T20 cricket match in November,” Evans said.

“Metricon Stadium is a world class regional multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue that has a proven track record of delivering outstanding events and experiences whether that be an AFL match, major international athletics meet, concerts and now cricket.

“Hosting cricket at Metricon Stadium was front of mind in the early stages of redeveloping the facility and after working collaboratively with Cricket Australia over what amounts to nearly eight years, we’re excited to partner with Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket. to deliver International Cricket to Metricon Stadium.

“We are thrilled that within a 12-month window Metricon Stadium will have hosted an International T20 fixture, the Australian National Athletics Championships, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games as well as its track and field events in addition to and AFL, and we look forward to continuing to work with our partners to bring more cricket to Metricon Stadium in the future.

“In collaboration with our Cricket funding partners, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to invest heavily in our cricket infrastructure, including the curation of drop in wickets – a first for an international stadium in Queensland, installation of practice wickets within the Metricon Stadium precinct and resourcing our horticulture and ground staff to bring this opportunity to life.

“We have been able to deliver some of these enhancements with support from the City of Gold Coast who share our vision of making the Gold Coast a real option for the games where elite cricket is readily accessible to the local community.

“It makes sense that cricket expands into Australia’s sixth biggest city and Metricon Stadium is the perfect home for cricket and its fans on the Gold Coast.”

Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Max Walters said Queensland offered greater venue versatility and hosting potential than any other State.

“Australian Cricket’s strategic vision includes a challenge to us as a sport to innovate and look beyond traditional boundaries,’’ Walters said.

“The Gold Coast and southern Queensland region is a major growth area and it is important for us to be active and innovative in what we can provide for fans and participants here.”

“Creating Metricon as a cricket venue in partnership with Cricket Australia, the Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games, and the City of Gold Coast and Gold Coast Suns means that we can offer a greater variety of ICC approved venues than any other State in terms of hosting men’s and women’s international cricket.”

Tickets for the Men’s 2018-19 International summer will go on sale in June.

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Brisbane Lions v Adelaide Crows – NAB AFLW Grand Final

March, 21News

Gold Coast SUNS Chief Executive Mark Evans has declared that Saturday’s AFLW Grand Final and QClash13 game will be a “Festival of Football” at Metricon Stadium.

“We are thrilled that Metricon Stadium will host Saturday’s NAB AFLW Grand Final between the Brisbane Lions and Adelaide,” Evans said.

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