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After consultation with and the support of the SCG, the Sixers are in the process of securing a regional venue for a home match which clashes with the New Year’s Test.
The SCG draws nearly a quarter of its members from regional NSW and the Sixers will use the relocated match to further strengthen their support in country areas.
The Sydney Sixers will kick off their season with a home game on Wednesday December 18 against the Perth Scorchers at the home of the Club, the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Sixers will then head north to Traeger Park in Alice Springs to play the Hobart Hurricanes on December 20, before returning home to take on the Brisbane Heat in their final pre-Christmas hit out.
Following Christmas, the men in magenta will head west for a Boxing Day clash with the Scorchers before the season’s first Sydney Smash against cross-town rivals Sydney Thunder at the SCG on Saturday December 28.
The Sixers will then hit the road for matches against the defending champion Melbourne Renegades (January 2), Adelaide Strikers (January 5 in regional NSW and January 8 in Adelaide) and Melbourne Stars (January 12).
The latter part of the season will see home games at the SCG against the Hurricanes (January 16), the Stars (January 20) and Renegades (January 25), split by the second Sydney Smash at Sydney Showground Stadium (January 18) and a trip to Brisbane to face the Heat on January 23.
Following the 14 home and away matches during the regular season, a new format will see the top five teams progress to the semi-finals, before the grand final on Saturday February 8, 2020.
The Sixers’ BBL match-day experience will continue to thrive this summer with a host of crowd favourite match day themes set to return, including Christmas, the Beach Party, Pride Party and Sixers Can | You Can, the popular match aligned with the Sony Foundation’s Youth Cancer program.
There will also be an 80’s themed night and the blockbuster Sydney Smash.
Sixers General Manager Jodie Hawkins said the club had big plans on and off the field for BBL|09.
“We are very excited for another summer of Big Bash, and to host six games at the SCG,” Hawkins said.
“Our Members and fans can come out to what we think is the best major cricket ground in the country, support a team on the rise and meet some of their favourite players.
“We will continue to improve our match day experience and are very proud of our involvement with the Sony Foundation’s You Can program and the lasting positive effects our Pride Party has on the LGBTI community.
“We would also like the thank the SCG for working with the Club to look to take one game to regional NSW for the first time. It is a great opportunity for regional cricket fans to experience the Big Bash and there are a number of key regional centres we are considering as part of this process. We will announce the location in the coming months.”
The Sydney Sixers fixtures for BBL|09 are as follows:
|Date||Venue||Opponent||Local Time||AEDT Time||Broadcast|
|Wednesday 18 December||SCG||Perth Scorchers||7.10pm||7.10pm||Seven / Fox|
|Friday 20 December||Traeger Park, Alice Springs||Hobart Hurricanes||1.15pm||2.45pm||Seven / Fox|
|Sunday 22 December||SCG||Brisbane Heat||7.10pm||7.10pm||Seven / Fox|
|Thursday 26 December||Optus Stadium||Perth Scorchers||4.10pm||7.10pm||Seven / Fox|
|Saturday 28 December||SCG||Sydney Thunder||7.10pm||7.10pm||Fox|
|Thursday 2 January||Marvel Stadium||Melbourne Renegades||7.10pm||7.10pm||Seven / Fox|
|Sunday 5 January||TBC||Adelaide Strikers||6.40pm||6.40pm||Seven / Fox|
|Wednesday 8 January||Adelaide Oval||Adelaide Strikers||3.10pm||3.40pm||Fox|
|Sunday 12 January||MCG||Melbourne Stars||7.10pm||7.10pm||Seven / Fox|
|Thursday 16 January||SCG||Hobart Hurricanes||7.10pm||7.10pm||Seven / Fox|
|Saturday 18 January||Sydney Showground Stadium||Sydney Thunder||7.10pm||7.10pm||Seven / Fox|
|Monday 20 January||SCG||Melbourne Stars||6.40pm||6.40pm||Seven / Fox|
|Thursday 23 January||Gabba||Brisbane Heat||6.10pm||7.10pm||Seven / Fox|
|Saturday 25 January||SCG||Melbourne Renegades||3.40pm||3.40pm||Fox|