History books are being re-written in Adelaide and around Australia after a crowd of 52,633 witnessed the semi-final between the Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Sixers at Adelaide Oval.
One record that goes back more than 80 years to the infamous 'Bodyline' test series has tumbled. These are the records the Strikers’ crowd broke…
BIGGEST BIG BASH LEAGUE CROWD
Beating 46,581 – Renegades v Stars @ MCG (January 2013)
BIGGEST CRICKET CROWD AT ADELAIDE OVAL
Beating 50,962 – Ashes Test Day 2 (Bodyline Series 1934)
BIGGEST CROWD AT REDEVELOPED ADELAIDE OVAL
Beating 52,505 – Port Adelaide v Carlton (AFL Rnd 22 2014)
Tickets only went on sale less than 36 hours before the game was due to start but the ‘Strikeforce’ responded en masse, buying 10,000 tickets in the first ten minutes it went on sale to the public, and leaving only 2,000 tickets left for sale on the day of the game.
All tickets, including extra restricted view seats, sold out at about the time the game started.
The Strikers had already boasted the two biggest crowds of the BBL|04 regular season – both topping 40,000. The Strikers average home crowd before the finals was 36,023, almost 9,000 higher than any other BBL team, and better than any BBL team in any season.
The Strikers’ average regular season crowd also bettered the average crowd of all the major sporting codes in their most recent season, including the AFL’s home-and-away average of 32,333 in 2014.
This season, the Strikers also achieved the highest sales of merchandise in the BBL, and the most website visitors in the BBL.
There can really be no doubt the Strikers have the best fans in the league.
One record unlikely to topple in the next couple of decades at least, is the biggest crowd ever at Adelaide Oval. That belongs to the 1965 SANFL Grand Final when 62,543 people witnessed Port Adelaide defeat Sturt by three points.
AVERAGE BBL|04 HOME CROWDS
Regular season only (Four home games each)
Adelaide Strikers – 36,023
Melbourne Stars – 27,666
Brisbane Heat – 24,716
Sydney Sixers – 23,849
Melbourne Renegades – 22,301
Pert Scorchers – 18,832
Sydney Thunder – 17,938
Hobart Hurricanes – 13,776
ALL BBL|04 BIG BASH CROWDS 2014/2015
52,633 – Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers @ Adelaide Oval
43,288 – Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes @ Adelaide Oval
42,654 – Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers @ Adelaide Oval
37,323 – Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades @ MCG
36,487 – Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder @ SCG
33,580 – Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers @ MCG
33,430 – Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars @ Etihad Stadium
32,823 – Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers @ Stadium Australia
30,473 – Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder @ Adelaide Oval
28,724 – Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers @ Gabba
27,676 – Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars @ Adelaide Oval
26,975 – Brisbane Heat v Adelaide Strikers @ Gabba
26,788 – Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars @ Gabba
24,477 – Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers @ SCG
22,098 – Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers @ MCG
22,018 – Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Thunder @ Etihad Stadium
21,644 – Sydney Sixers v Adelaide Strikers @ SCG
19,591 – Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat @ WACA
18,809 – Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder @ WACA
18,724 – Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers @ WACA
18,203 – Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades @ WACA
17,665 – Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes @ MCG
17,276 – Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat @ Etihad Stadium
16,481 – Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers @ Etihad Stadium
16,376 – Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes @ Gabba
15,880 – Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes @ Spotless Stadium
14,744 – Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat @ Blundstone Arena
13,918 – Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades @ Blundstone Arena
13,140 – Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Sixers @ Blundstone Arena
13,303 – Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers @ Blundstone Arena
12,896 – Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars @ Spotless Stadium
12,789 – Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades @ SCG
10,152 – Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat @ Stadium Australia