• ANZ STADIUM MEMBERS GO INTO BAT FOR THE THUNDER AFTER PITCH RELOCATION IN SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

22 Sep 2015

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  • Sydney Thunder will play their four home games in the Big Bash League this summer in Sydney Olympic Park;
  • ANZ Stadium Members will have access to Thunder games;
  • ANZ Stadium’s highly-rated pitches are to be transported next door to Spotless Stadium;
  • Champion allrounder Shane Watson the latest star recruit for a powerhouse Sydney Thunder squad.

Arthur Stanley & Julian Keith

ANZ Stadium Members will have access to the Sydney Thunder’s four home games this summer as the resurgent Thunder stays within the Greater Sydney sporting family at Sydney Olympic Park.

As part of their Membership package, Stadium Members will have full access to three of the Thunder’s games at the boutique Spotless Stadium – a cricket ball throw from the gates of the Olympic stadium – as well as a pre-purchase window for the big Sydney Smash against cross-city rivals the Sydney Sixers.

Boasting easily the strongest squad in their four-year history for the 2015/16 summer, the #ThunderNation will be playing on the pitches that produced the most exciting cricket in the BBL last summer, with three of ANZ Stadium’s drop-in pitches about to be moved to Spotless Stadium.

The ANZ Stadium centre pitch produced the highest runs per innings average of any ground in the Big Bash last summer and was the strip that helped Jacques Kallis and Mike Hussey score their record-breaking opening stand of 160 against Brisbane.

The Thunder’s star recruit for 2015/16, Shane Watson, said the relocation of the ANZ Stadium pitches was great news for the men in green.

“The ANZ Stadium pitches were outstanding last summer and it’s amazing technology that allows these drop-in pitches to be transported across Sydney Olympic Park while maintaining the same characteristics,” Watson said.

Thunder General Manager Nick Cummins believes the Thunder can create an unmatched atmosphere this summer with the help of ANZ Stadium Members.

“We are delighted to have come to terms with ANZ Stadium Management around the use of three of their pitches,” said Cummins.

“Fan feedback has been clear from the outset: while they are happy with Spotless Stadium as our new home, our wicket needed more work.

“With three ANZ Stadium pitches to complement our existing one, Spotless Stadium now has one of the best wickets in the BBL.”

With the Thunder’s blockbuster opening home game against the Sixers expected to sell out the boutique 20,000-seat stadium, ANZ Stadium Members are being given the opportunity to secure their seat at the Sydney Smash. ANZ Stadium Members will be offered a priority purchase period for the December 17 game.

ANZ Stadium Managing Director, Daryl Kerry, said: “ANZ Stadium has been part of the Thunder’s journey in the BBL and we are delighted the #ThunderNation remains part of the Sydney Olympic Park family in season 2015/16.

“While the Sydney Thunder’s home base is now nearby Spotless Stadium, the club’s relationship with ANZ Stadium remains strong, with ANZ Stadium Members having access to Thunder home games in season 2015/16.”

Champion allrounder Watson said he was thrilled by the prospect of playing alongside one of his cricket heroes in South African Jacques Kallis this summer.

“He’s possibly the greatest allrounder of our time and I can’t wait to play alongside Jacques and the rest of the Thunder squad. The Thunder are a really exciting franchise and I’m sure the fans will get right behind the team this summer,” Watson said.

*Become an ANZ Stadium Member and get a guaranteed premium seat to every regular sporting event at ANZ Stadium in 2016, plus the Sydney Thunder Big Bash home games at Sydney Olympic Park. The 2016 ANZ Stadium schedule includes two State of Origin games, the Bledisloe Cup Test, the NRL Grand Final & Finals Series and more. Click here.

Thunder BBL05 contracted players to date: Shane Watson, Jacques Kallis, Mike Hussey ©, Usman Khawaja, Aiden Blizzard, Ben Rohrer, Chris Hartley, Andrew McDonald Pat Cummins, Gurinder Sandhu, Fawad Ahmed, Jake Doran. 

SYDNEY THUNDER BBL05 Schedule
Thursday, 17 December 2015, 7:40pm v Sydney Sixers - Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park             
Sunday, 20 December 2015, 7:25pm v Melbourne Stars - MCG   
Monday, 28 December 2015, 7:10pm v Adelaide Strikers - Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park        
Friday, 1 January 2016, 7:10pm v Hobart Hurricanes - Blundstone Arena
Sunday, 3 January 2016, 6:10pm v Brisbane Heat - GABBA
Thursday, 7 January 2016, 7:40pm v Perth Scorchers - Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park 
Monday, 11 January 2016, 7:40pm v Melbourne Renegades - Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park
Saturday, 16 January 2016, 6:10 PM v Sydney Sixers - SCG