Sydney is set for the biggest day in its domestic sporting history and the Sixers Michael Lumb and Alyssa Healy are hungry to beat their cross-town rivals.
This Saturday night, the Sixers Big Bash League and WBBL sides will face off against the Sydney Thunder in a Double Header Sydney Smash at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Next door at Allianz Stadium on the same night, Sydney FC will host the Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League’s biggest derby.
Sixers WBBL wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy has urged fans to get to the precinct early to watch her side face-off against the Thunder in a WBBL|01 Final rematch.
“You’re best off getting down here early and watching us and beating the traffic,” said Healy on Wednesday afternoon.
“Seeing a really good contest and hopefully both Sixers teams and Sydney FC can get over the line.”
The Sixers have already beaten the Thunder in the WBBL this season when they won by 33 runs at Spotless Stadium in December.
In the BBL, the side in the Magenta began the tournament with a thumping 9-wicket victory at Spotless Stadium and Michael Lumb says the side isn’t looking to let that be the only Sydney Smash win this year.
“It should be pretty good. Good fun, a big crowd here and home fans” said Lumb.
“A bit of home field advantage as well. It’ll be nice to do the double over the Thunder. We beat them in the first game.
“So it will be really good to get a second win of the season and hopefully knock them out and we can get into the semis.”
Sixers fans are urged to arrive earlier afternoon to make the most of the WBBL derby, which will be aiming to surpass last year’s attendance record of 12,220 spectators and make another piece of Sydney history.
“It’s obviously really exciting - it’s a massive event,” said Healy.
“Sydney doesn’t get to hold massive sporting events like this too often. And to have three derby games all in the one complex in one evening … I think it’s going to be an amazing experience.
“All the girls are really looking forward to it. I feel like we play really well under pressure in front of big crowds.”
It is shaping as the largest sporting crowd in the precinct at once since the 1965 NSWRFL grand final, when 78,056 fans watched St George beat South Sydney to win their 10th straight premiership.
Both events are expected to sell out with the Sydney Smash and Sydney Derby creating two of the best atmospheres Australian sport has to offer.
This will be one of the busiest nights of sport in Sydney all year. There will be high levels of vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the lead up to and after these concurrent events.
The SCG Trust, Sixers and Sydney FC have been working with the NSW Police, Transport NSW and other key stakeholders to ensure fans enjoy a historic night of sport at Moore Park.
WBBL & BBL: Sydney Sixers
Estimated attendance: 40,000
Gates open: 1.30pm
WBBL starts: 1.45pm
WBBL concludes: 4.45pm
BBL starts: 6pm
Event concludes: 9.10pm
A-League: Sydney FC
Estimated attendance: 40,000
Gates open: 5.50pm
Play starts: 7.50pm
Event concludes: 9.50pm