We made our way 200 kilometres to Melbourne the other night to watch a big bash cricket game. After watching the Big Bash League, I would have to say yes, it’s the best family sporting event.

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This photo is courtesy of the Melbourne Cricket Grounds Facebook page

For those of you who don’t know cricket, let me see it’s probably closely related to baseball. Actually, baseball is related to cricket since this game was first played before America was even colonised. Bats, balls but with cricket it is more action. Just think the equivalent of a home run every dozen balls or so. So your getting my drift way more action than Baseball.

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Bec and Marley outside the MCG in Melbourne

The Big Bash league or BBL as its know is in its fifth season. The Big Bash Schedule runs for a 4 week period from late December to late January every year. The Big Bash Schedule for 2017/2018 has seen the competition expended to run for 6 weeks. Big Bash 2017 promises to be bigger and better.  BBL fixtures feature teams from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, and Hobart. Team names such as the Stars, Renegades, Thunder, heat etc. Big Bash league team players include the best players Australia had to offer along with imports from England, Jamacia, New Zealand, Sri Lanker and other cricket playing nations.

Is the Big Bash Cricket game the best family sporting event to see?

A big bash cricket game lasts for roughly 3 hours where each team faces, 180 balls each or until the 10 batsmen are dismissed by numerous ways such as caught, bowled out, stumped and LBW. In the Cricket world, this game is known as 20/20. You see in cricket a bowler, bowls 6 deliveries at a time and this is called an over. Each team has 20 overs to bowl and bat if they last that long. Ok, I could explain cricket here for hours but I will link here to Wikipedia’s explanation for further reading on Cricket its rules and heritage.

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Batting at the MCG

 

The Venue:

We went and watched the Melbourne Stars play the Sydney Thunder at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Melbourne Cricket Ground hosted the 1956 Olympic games. At capacity, this stadium holds 100,000 people. The night we went only 20,000 were in attendance. The weather kept a lot of people away as it had been raining most of the day leading up to the 7.30pm start time. The match started in daylight until the giant light towers were slowing illuminated and the ground was light up.Once you arrive at the stadium and pass security a sign of the times we live in I guess we walked to find our entry gate. On the way around the stadium, there were people giving out balls, banners, KFC buckets (KFC is a sponsor), Christmas hats (with team logo’s), noisemakers and more all for free. You could also have your picture taken with team mascots, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Cardboard cutouts of the players. There was cricket practice you could do or call the action in the fake studio. All about building up the excitement for the kids. Flash and appealing are what I would call it. All this and you have not even entered the World’s 10 largest sporting stadium yet.

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The girls with the Melbourne Stars Mascot

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Willow enjoying the cricket. Wearing her Melbourne Stars Christmas hat

Once in the stadium that sits 1 km from Melbourne’s central business district, we found our seats near the fence and settled in for the battle. The Melbourne Stars being the home team were well supported by us and the crowd. Our opponents for the night were the Sydney Thunder.  If you know anything about Australian sport and Australian people in general,  u would know there is a huge rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney. Sydney may have that bridge and that funny looking opera house but Melbourne has all the sporting events, Melbourne has the arts and culture. Melbourne is continually voted the world’s most liveable city.

Once the Big Bash cricket game gets underway there are The Stars Dancers dancing on the sidelines doing ariel manoeuvres. There are team mascots walking the fence line so the kids can have their photo taken. When the home side takes a wicket or dismisses one of the opposition fireworks are let off. When the batting team hits the ball over the fence there are giant flames let out. At many of the BBL fixtures, the players often walk the boundary signing autographs.  All this continues for the three hours of the game keeping kids interested in the spectacle that is BBL cricket. Music blared between believers, competitions for best crazy dance and bucket-heads (The KFC buckets). Even kiss cam for the adults. It’s all about family fun and by keeping kids happy.  Cricket is also growing its own audience.

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Tickets for the Big Bash cricket game were priced at $42.00 AUD for a family ticket of 4 which is excellent value in anywhere in the world for a top-class sporting event. We bought our own snacks along but like all venue’s food and drinks are available. The whole night cost us just on $100 for fuel, entry, and parking. This was the first time our girls had experienced the cricket. Their concentration waned towards the end but like all good parents, we were expecting this. We had brought along the galaxy tablets just in case. The Big Bash League gets a big thumbs up from us. We are heading back to watch another Big Bash league game again on the 9th of January.

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In the end, our team The Melbourne Stars lost the Big Bash cricket game by 1 run in an exciting end to the game. The real winner is The Big Bash League and the game of cricket. Melbourne is a fantastic destination for all things sport, arts, culture and entertainment. There are many great things to see and do in Melbourne

The Big Bash live cricket is telecast on tv nearly every night of the 6 week season. The BBL live has become a highlight of the Australian summer for many overtaking Test Cricket for many. Big Bash scores can be found on the BBL website. You may be able to find Big Bash live streaming on the internet.

Information:

Tickets  for a Big Bash game can be bought here

Directions to the Melbourne Cricket Ground

Getting to Melbourne for a Big Bash Game:

 

  • Melbourne is the second biggest city in Australia. Melbourne International Airport is 23 kilometres from the city centre.
  • Melbourne is serviced by many international airlines and budget carriers Jetstar, Tiger. Scoot and AirAsia just to name a few. You can check the prices of international flights to Australia with Expedia. Domestic flights can be booked with webjet 
  • There is no direct public transport link with Melbourne Airport.You can catch the Skybus or you can book an airport transfer with Suntransfers who we have personally used on many occasions,
  • You can book a rental car and have it waiting for you at Melbourne Airport.

Getting around Melbourne:

myki is Melbourne’s ticketing system to travel on the city’s trains, trams and buses. International and interstate visitors coming to Victoria can buy a myki Explorer pack. The myki pack combines a ready to use myki card, visitor information and special offers for travellers. It’s a great option for visitors who choose to explore Melbourne and regional Victoria by public transport!. You need to touch your myki card on and off when you use the public transport system.
The Free Tram Zone in Melbourne’s CBD makes easy to move around the city. On the free trams, you do not need to touch on and off with a myki. Download the Free Tram Zone map on the Maps page.

Where to stay in Melbourne for a Big Bash Game

  • Melbourne has accommodation options for every budget from Hostels, to apartments and hotels rooms
  • Hostels in Melbourne can start from as little as $21 a night for a shared dorm room. Check out Trip Advisor for the top 10 ranked hostels in Melbourne. You can book your stay directly from the page.
  • You can search Airbnb for there Melbourne accommodation offerings. If you have never used Airbnb before get yourself $50 credit by signing and booking a stay right HERE
  • Hotels in Melbourne generally start from around $100 a night for a double room and increase incrementally as the luxury rating rises towards 5 stars. Google states that 3-star averaging $113, 5-star averaging $314 for a night stay. You can compare and book your stay on Agoda, Hotels.com and Hotels Combined

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