The Heat will launch BBL|09 at the Gabba on Tuesday 17 December against the Sydney Thunder, and will close off the regular season against defending champions Melbourne Renegades at Marvel Stadium on Monday 27 January 2020.
The Heat will again play two matches at Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium, with pre-Christmas clash against the Melbourne Stars on 20 December and a New Year’s Day evening game against first-time visitors Perth Scorchers. Both Gold Coast games will start at 6.10pm.
As well as hosting the Thunder before Christmas, the Heat’s remaining Gabba matches post New Year’s Day will feature the Hobart Hurricanes, Adelaide Strikers, Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers.
Brisbane’s match against the Adelaide Strikers on Tuesday 14 January at the Gabba will be a rare day-game, with play starting at 2.40pm.
The Heat’s last regular season home game will be on 23 January, with most of its games scheduled in broadcasting prime time on Seven and FOX Cricket.
BBL|09 will be two weeks shorter than last summer, with 56 games over 42 days.
The Finals format has been substantially revamped, with a top five finals system rewarding the top two teams with a double chance.
Brisbane General Manager Andrew McShea said among the enhancements to the Heat’s home game schedule was a majority of Gabba matches starting at 6.10pm local time.
“The Heat know that we bring families together during the summer holidays and to have the first ball bowled at 6.10pm will be a positive for the mums and dads and kids that come along to the Gabba and Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast,’’ he said.
“All of our regular season home games will be played during the school holidays which is also very attractive to our fans,” McShea said.
“We think a night game in prime time on New Year’s Day on the Gold Coast is pretty special and we’ve got a day game at the Gabba as well during January which is a bit different, so we’re keen to do things a little differently for that match.”
“With our principal partner CUA renewed for another three years recently, we have some excellent momentum off the field and there are a number of elements we are looking forward to unveiling in the lead-up to the first game.”
“Having the rebel WBBL as a stand-alone competition for the first time from October through to December is a wonderful opportunity for us as a club to spread the word to our existing fans as well as attract new supporters,” he said.
Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann said he was excited to be making his return to the teal team after being the club’s foundation coach.
“The BBL has come a long way since we started it, but I know the Brisbane Heat playing and coaching staff will be ready to enjoy ourselves and entertain our fans when we hit the ground,’’ he said.
“I’m looking forward to the games at Metricon Stadium too because it looked fantastic last season when the Heat hosted the first BBL games there.”
“We’re currently working on our plans for the lead-in to the BBL and the season proper and obviously are keen to finalise our squad as soon as possible,’’ said Lehmann, who will travel to the United Kingdom during the Ashes series.
The Heat will open its VIP Match Day Hospitality renewals process on Tuesday while Heat Membership renewals get underway from 5 August.
Tickets for the WBBL and BBL Heat games will go on sale closer to the start of the respective tournaments.