Sydney Thunder will open their KFC Big Bash League season against the Melbourne Stars in Canberra after the success of last year's sold out fixture.
The club will play a KFC Big Bash League and Rebel Women’s Big Bash League double header on 21 December at Manuka Oval before a second BBL fixture against the Hobart Hurricanes on 9 February.
"The support we received last season was incredible with a packed, noisy Manuka Oval providing a wonderful venue for some of the best cricketers in the world," said Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon.
“Canberra is a very important part of our Thunder Nation. The club and Cricket NSW are extremely appreciative of the support provided by the ACT Government and Events ACT to enable our fans from the region to enjoy the BBL and WBBL at Manuka Oval.
"Our community and performance cricket staff at Cricket ACT do a wonderful job creating opportunities for cricketers in the region. This year there has been more than 66,000 students take part in our school programs and gala days with members of our playing squad recently visiting 44 schools in August.
"With the men's competition expanding to a full home and away schedule this season it allows us to take two BBL fixtures to Canberra while also increasing the amount of games at Spotless Stadium to five.
"This means more chances for our fans throughout Western Sydney, the ACT and Regional NSW to enjoy the fun and excitement of the Big Bash."
Sydney Thunder will play five BBL games and three WBBL games at Spotless Stadium including the Sydney Smash against the Sydney Sixers on Christmas Eve, while also playing WBBL games at Blacktown International Sports Park and Bankstown Oval.
“Canberrans are in for a historic summer of cricket, with the upgraded Manuka Oval ready to host its maiden Test Match when Australia take on Sri Lanka from 1 to 5 February. The return of the Thunder Nation to Canberra for blockbuster BBL action is another reason why this summer is a coming of age for Canberra as a global cricket city,” said ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.
Big Bash tickets go on sale from 4 October with Sydney Thunder Members receiving a 20% discount on tickets. Supporters can enjoy all five games at Spotless Stadium from $100 with a Sydney Thunder Membership and take advantage of over $200 of additional benefits including access to the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Wet’n’Wild Sydney and $10 movie tickets.
Sydney Thunder Manuka Oval Fixtures
21 December | Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes | WBBL | 1:50 PM
21 December | Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars | BBL | 7:15 PM
9 February | Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes | BBL | 6:15 PM