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The Stars are on track to welcome their millionth fan through the gates of the MCG this season and, with a big enough crowd, it could happen at the first home match – New Year’s Day Derby 2019.
Michael Beer called on all Melburnians to experience this historical moment with their family and friends on New Year’s Day.
“All the players, and I’m sure every fan, who were at our last record breaking Derby in BBL|05 remembers what a special moment it was to fill the MCG. I’ve got all my family locked in – they know if there’s one day of Big Bash you don’t want to miss it’s the MCG Melbourne Derby,” said Beer.
With the women playing in the afternoon and the men in the evening, the Double Header Derby is shaping up to be the biggest New Year’s Day of family entertainment in Melbourne.
Alana King is excited to see a big crowd for both matches on New Year’s Day saying, “I remember a few years ago we had almost 25,000 people in to watch our match in the afternoon and the atmosphere was electric. It was great to see so many families make a day of it.”
“I’ll definitely be staying around after the WBBL match to watch the men play. The Melbourne Derby is always exciting, with the rivalry between the Stars and the Renegades, but I know that the Club also has some pretty exciting things planned if we reach that millionth fan at Derby,” she said.
The Stars play four other home matches at the MCG including a Back to School party for Melbourne families on 27 January against the Brisbane Heat.
The remaining two Stars home matches for the season will be held outside of Melbourne for the first time, with the Stars hosting the Thunder on the Gold Coast on 5 January and the Adelaide Strikers at Ted Summerton Reserve in Moe on 23 January.
Latrobe Valley Authority CEO Karen Cain said the region was ready to host a summer event of the Big Bash calibre.
“The fact the Stars are bringing a home game to Gippsland really highlights the strength of the relationship they have with our region and their confidence in our facilities, community and people to make this event one to remember,” Ms Cain said.
“Last year’s Valley Smash drew a crowd of 5000 to Traralgon, and we hope to see even more turn out to see the big show at Moe in January.”
Stars CEO Clint Cooper said the match was shaping up as one of this summer’s smash hits.
“This match is going to be one of the biggest entertainment events of the summer. Not only are we bringing the big names to the region, we’re bringing everything that makes the Big Bash Australia’s best value summer family entertainment,” said Cooper.
“The Stars are used to packing out big stadiums so it will be fantastic to play a match for points at an intimate venue, close to the fans. I’d encourage everyone to get in early and secure their spot as we expect a sell out well before the game.”