Sunday, January 03, 2016

Giving It A Bash

We love cricket.
Love playing it.
Would watch (most) of a game on tv.
But we'd never even thought about going to see one live.
I'd always thought it would be expensive, long and the kids would get bored.
I was wrong! 
Last year (boy that year went fast) an email appeared in my inbox.
Asking if we'd like to go watch a T20 Big Bash League game.
We said yes and I am glad we did.
First decision was... what game we'd go to
And with that decided the rest was easy.
Pack a picnic and turn up.

So we chose the New Year's Day game,
Hobart Hurricanes against Sydney Thunder
Playing at the Blundstone Arena.

I was surprised that the ticket prices were very affordable
With kid tickets from $5, Adults from $20
And family prices start at $42.50.
And because the prices were so affordable
My sister and her lot decided to come along too.
The non-allocated seating tickets meant you have the option
Of sitting on seats or, as we did, on the grass area.

Walking in we entered the mecca for freebies.
The kids all enjoyed this part.
Free face painting,  photo opportunities galore,
Temporary tattoos, loads of promotional giveaways
Like the KFC buckets, Weet-Bix 4/6 score posters
And we all loved the free Zooper Dooper icypole and holders.

So with our bucket heads on, our faces painted
And out Hurricane's inflatable clappers inflated
We were ready for the game to start!

The crowd was a record crowd and we loved the atmosphere.
Lots of music, fireworks and competitions
To keep everyone entertained,
Even those that didn't like cricket!
Because our match was a night time one
We had packed our dinner (and snacks)
So by half time it was time to bring out our chicken rolls.
Our bags had been checked, before entering, at the main gate
And the security guard had made mention at the amount of rolls we had!
But with 13 hungry mouths to feed...
We needed every single crumb!
You could have, if you preferred, purchased food
From any of the takeaway venues on site.

The kids had a blast
Dancing in the over breaks, hitting their clappers
And holding up the Weet-Bix signs when a 4 or a 6 was hit.
Because the games are broadcast
We kept getting text/facebook messages
Saying we had been spotted on TV.

The kids even had opportunities to get autographs
From players and the mascot.

Lots of fun was had and I am sure we will be back
For another match soon.

For a full season fixture please refer to
Some things to note:

* If you want seats, rather than sitting of the grass,
Get there early. For our game, gates opened at 1.30
Even though our game wasn't till 7.
There was a woman's match beforehand
So there is definitely plenty to keep you entertained.

* Even though the website says you can bring "Unopened drinks"
Don't bring cans.
Security won't let you bring them in.

* You will need to park away from the ground.
So be prepared to walk to/from your car.
There are plenty of buses running to and from the ground.

* The night games are late so make sure you don't take tired kids.

* Enjoy the atmosphere and get into the game.
It makes the experience even better.
Disclosure: This is not a paid sponsored post. I received complimentary tickets for review purposes and all opinions expressed are purely my own.

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