The Heat today revealed they would play all their Brisbane matches at Allan Border Field this summer, as well as capitalising on two successful visits to Mackay in as many seasons to head north to Great Barrier Reef Arena once again.
The WBBL will be staged from October to December for the first time as it moves away from the KFC Big Bash League time slot to its own distinct window on the summer of cricket calendar.
The Heat will present one of the series of WBBL “festival” rounds at Allan Border Field, with Brisbane joined by Hobart, Adelaide and Perth in a brace of double-headers on 26 and 27 October.
Mackay will host the Heat for the third season in a row, following on from the success of last season when a crowd of 5650 for the game against the Adelaide Strikers was a record for a stand-alone game.
Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson said it was a big win for cricket fans to have the WBBL heading back to Mackay this year for two matches at Harrup Park.
“It’s great to be able to help bring the Heat back to our region with our Invest Mackay Events Attraction Program,” Cr Williamson said.
“For young cricketers to be able to watch their heroes playing right here in our backyard is just tremendous and the sports tourism benefits have amazing flow-on effects for our businesses and accommodation providers,” he said.
“And what better place to watch a top-class game of cricket than the Great Barrier Reef Area at Harrup Park – this facility really is a credit to our region and is a large part of the reason we are able to attract such high-profile matches,” Cr Williamson said.
Brisbane will take on the Adelaide Strikers in matches on 2 and 3 November in Mackay.
The Heat will open their season on 19 October with a repeat of their thrilling WBBL Final clash, taking on the Sydney Sixers at North Sydney Oval in a primetime fixture that will be broadcast on Channel 7.
This will be followed by a repeat of their dramatic semi-final against the Sydney Thunder on Sunday 20 October at North Sydney Oval.
Brisbane Heat General Manager Andrew McShea said the shift to the inaugural stand-alone season was eagerly anticipated by the club.
“Last season’s championship was an incredibly special moment in the history of the club, and the team’s effort to win its first WBBL title has proven to be a massive boost for the game in Queensland,’’ he said.
“We’re very pleased to be able to make a return to Allan Border Field this season, and delighted we can maintain our ties to regional Queensland with more games in Mackay after having successfully played at Harrup Park and in Cairns last year. The growth of cricket for women and girls throughout Queensland is driven strongly by the WBBL and the Heat, and that is something we are determined to capitalise on in the future,” McShea said.
“The Heat will have six matches broadcast on Channel 7 and FOX Cricket, and all of the games will be livestreamed across the competition.”
2019-20 WBBL BRISBANE HEAT MATCHES
Saturday, 19 October 2019, Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat, North Sydney Oval 6.10PM (Seven)
Sunday, 20 October 2019, Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat, North Sydney Oval 1.10PM (Seven)
Saturday, 26 October 2019, Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers, Allan Border Field, 1.10PM (Seven)
Sunday, 27 October 2019, Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes, Allan Border Field, 1.10PM (Seven)
Saturday, 2 November 2019, Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat, Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay, 6.15pm.
Sunday, 3 November 2019, Brisbane Heat v Adelaide Strikers, Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay, 3.00pm
Saturday 9 November 2019, Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat, North Sydney Oval, 2.00pm
Wednesday, 13 November 2019, Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat, CitiPower Centre, 1.00PM
Saturday, 16 November 2019, Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder, Drummoyne Oval, 6.10PM (Seven)
Sunday, 17 November 2019, Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat, Drummoyne Oval, TBC
Wednesday, 20 November 2019, Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat, CitiPower Centre, 12.00PM
Friday, 22 November 2019, Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat, Blundstone Arena, 6.10PM (Seven)
Wednesday, 27 November 2019, Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades, Allan Border Field, 1.10pm
Sunday, 1 December 2019, Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars, Junction Oval, TBC