- BBL|08: Wednesday 19 December 2018 – Sunday 17 February 2019
- FULL Home & Away Men’s Fixture with 59 matches, up from 43 in BBL|07
- BBL|08 broadcast across summer on Fox Sports & Seven Network
- BBL|08 national radio coverage via Macquarie Media & Crocmedia
- BBL|08 tickets on sale from Thursday 4 October
The Hobart Hurricanes men’s schedule for the eighth season of the KFC Big Bash League has been released!
And the competition has grown to a FULL Home & Away Fixture for the first time – making this the biggest BBL season yet, with 59 matches across 61 days from mid-December to mid-February.
That means your Hurricanes men will now play each opposing club twice or 14 regular season matches, creating seven BBL home games for Tasmania.
That’s an increase from five last season which equals more family-friendly summer and school holiday T20 action.
Hobart’s Blundstone Arena will host five Big Bash clashes, up from four last season, while Launceston’s UTAS Stadium will enjoy two Hurricanes men’s home games after a near sell-out 16,734 crowd in BBL|07.
“We are proudly ‘Tasmania’s Team’ and genuinely excited to bring Big Bash cricket state-wide this summer with five BBL and five WBBL matches in Hobart, two BBL and two WBBL matches in Launceston, and another two WBBL matches in Burnie for the first time,” said Cricket Tasmania CEO Nick Cummins.
“With more Big Bash games on weekends, Friday nights and during school holidays at more locations, elite T20 cricket has never been more accessible for families to come along and enjoy a great night out.
“While new broadcaster the Seven Network is covering nine of our men’s BBL clashes and Fox Sports the remaining five, nothing beats the experience of attending the Big Bash live with your friends and family and seeing all the hype, action and colour – predominantly purple – firsthand with the Hurricanes.”
After their BBL|07 Grand Final appearance, the Hurricanes men begin their campaign away against the Brisbane Heat and their Lynn – McCullum ‘Bash Brothers’ on Saturday night 22 December playing at Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium for its inaugural Big Bash encounter.
Then begins a frenzy of four straight home games against the Melbourne Stars then Sydney Thunder at Blundstone Arena, before their first Launceston UTAS Stadium showdown with the Perth Scorchers, after which the Hurricanes return to Hobart to battle the Sydney Sixers.
But what a blockbuster home quartet this will be…
It starts with the Hurricanes men hosting the ‘star-studded’ Stars in a Christmas Eve thriller on Monday afternoon 24 December from the family-friendly start time of 3:45pm at Blundstone Arena ending at 7pm.
New recruit James ‘The Finisher’ Faulkner will be up against his former Melbourne teammates, with the club planning a major Christmas-themed event, where the kids might see Santa Claus a few hours earlier than expected.
“We were seeking a marquee match to really build a community event around and hopefully a popular tradition that starting Christmas Eve with the Hurricanes is part of the occasion,” said Nick Cummins.
“That 3:45pm start time is deliberate to provide options for young families and we’ll be looking to create a post-match event that Hobart will make its own with a bumper crowd.”
The next two Hobart home clashes are both Friday night specials to fire up for the weekend against the double might of Sydney and really get the city buzzing.
The Hurricanes men play the Sydney Thunder on Friday 28 December then the Sydney Sixers on Friday 4 January with first deliveries bowled from 7:15pm at Blundstone Arena both times – two perfect evenings for social group outings, staff parties, client rewards or family celebrations in our function spaces.
In between those fixtures is Launceston’s time to shine (again) with the Hurricanes women v Brisbane Heat from 1:50pm followed by the Hurricanes men v Perth Scorchers from 7:15pm on the same day Sunday 30 December at UTAS Stadium.
This offers a big Hurricanes’ Double Header Day and Weekend Double in the North with our WBBL team also playing in Launceston on the Saturday.
If last season’s Semi-Final showdown between the Scorchers and Hurricanes is anything to go by – this return ‘square up’ will be an absolute cracker before another full house of passionate #PurpleArmy fans.
After four exciting home games, our Hurricanes men sweep across the mainland for a remarkable five straight away matches against the Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers, Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Sixers in that order from 7-23 January featuring all weeknight encounters.
Two consecutive Melbourne trips then a long road trip to Perth, Adelaide and Sydney within the space of a week will be tough going.
The boys are ‘back in town’ with a triple home game vengeance starting early on Tuesday afternoon 29 January against growing arch rivals the ‘big hitting’ Brisbane Heat at Blundstone Arena from 4pm – your first chance to see the team live after 25 days, so get your Work Annual Leave Form submitted early.
After a whole month since our previous visit, we charge back into Launceston’s UTAS Stadium on Thursday night 31 January seeking BBL|07 Grand Final revenge over those Adelaide Strikers in another sure-fire blockbuster under lights and the last chance to see either Hurricanes squad playing in the North.
And finally, it all comes down to our very last home game at Blundstone Arena on Thursday night 7 February against super skipper Aaron Finch’s Melbourne Renegades featuring former Hurricanes Dan Christian and Cameron Boyce back in Hobart wearing red instead of purple.
With finals spots on the line near the close of the regular season, the club is preparing for a huge farewell home crowd to get the team over the line and launch them into the semis, after one remaining away game against the Sydney Thunder on Saturday night 9 February.
With a grand total of 56 round robin games now done and dusted, the Big Bash Semi-Finals will be held on Thursday and Friday 14-15 February before the big BBL|08 decider that Sunday afternoon 17 February where the Hobart Hurricanes will be hoping to appear and go one better than last February.
“Looking over our home fixture, we’re pleased that six of our seven home games are during the school holidays and from a match start perspective, we have a pretty good balance of three games at 7:15pm, two matches at 7:40pm and two afternoons,” said Cricket Tasmania CEO Nick Cummins.
“For the ‘weekend warriors’ we have two Friday nights and one Sunday evening blockbuster plus four games in that peak BBL Christmas break week until New Year’s Day.
“Nine of our 14 matches are live on Seven – including both Launceston games – and Fox Sports, and the ‘big picture’ is that we have more cricket and more coverage than ever before with fans having a choice of broadcaster.”
Fox Sports will broadcast all 59 matches, including 16 matches exclusively, all live and ad break free for the first time on the dedicated channel FOX Cricket. The Seven Network will broadcast 43 matches.
Seven is covering five of the BBL Hurricanes’ seven home games and four away games while Fox Sports is the sole official TV broadcaster for three of the BBL Hurricanes’ away games and two home games.
These two clashes are the opening Christmas Eve afternoon blockbuster at Blundstone Arena against the Melbourne Stars and that first return match in Hobart after five straight away games on Tuesday afternoon 29 January against the dangerous Brisbane Heat.
Fans without Fox Sports are expected to be heavy ticket purchasers for both these in-demand clashes.
Members and fans can also follow match radio broadcasts nationally via Macquarie Media, Crocmedia and Cricket Australia’s own digital channels.
BBL|08 tickets go on sale Thursday 4 October while the Hurricanes will launch their full Tasmanian seven-game, Blundstone Arena five-game and new Launceston two-game membership packages later this month.
Otherwise supporters can purchase a Cricket Tasmania Membership with both the Gold and Platinum Package options including all Tasmanian Big Bash matches.
Our superstars like George Bailey, D’Arcy Short, Jofra Archer, Tim Paine, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner and Co. await you in BBL|08!