Record attendance for Roses fixture at Emirates Old Trafford
Lancashire Lightning’s Vitality Blast fixture against Roses rivals Yorkshire Vikings this evening at Emirates Old Trafford will be played in-front of the biggest ever attendance in domestic T20 cricket (excluding Finals Day) outside of London.
The fixture, which has grown significantly in recent years from an attendance of 12,036 in 2013 to a then-record crowd of 22,515 last year, will see over 23,000 supporters pack into Emirates Old Trafford to watch the second instalment of the Roses fixture. The opening game at Headingley last month, was the most watched group stage Vitality Blast match on record, televised on Sky Sports Cricket, beating last year’s group stage clash.
Glen Chapple’s side will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in this year’s Vitality Blast with five victories and two wash-outs from the opening seven games. Lancashire will be looking to complete a Vitality Blast double over Yorkshire following on from Lancashire’s nine run victory at Headingley two weeks ago.
Last month, the Club announced an increase of 30 per cent in advance ticket sales for the 2019 Vitality Blast competition at Emirates Old Trafford. Advance ticket sales for the seven Blast matches at Emirates Old Trafford have increased from 38,448 to 50,005 year-on-year ahead of the 2019 campaign, which builds on the momentum of last summer’s similar 30 per cent growth in attendances, illustrating the burgeoning demand for cricket in the North West. Furthermore, T20 Season Tickets to watch Lancashire Lightning have increased by 48 per cent compared to last year.
Emirates Old Trafford welcomed a 13,710 strong crowd for Lancashire Lightning’s opening Vitality Blast victory over Durham. That was the Club’s record domestic attendance for a non-Roses clash in 16 years of playing in T20 cricket. The Durham fixture was a celebration in partnership with the local council’s Trafford Live day, a community event which saw local residents, supporters, Members, families and the region’s cricket clubs all celebrate a memorable few weeks of cricket with an expanded fan zone at Emirates Old Trafford.
Daniel Gidney, Chief Executive at Lancashire Cricket, said: “The Roses fixture has become one of the biggest and most highly anticipated domestic fixtures in the English cricketing calendar and it’s a game that continues to see year-on-year growth in terms of attendance and revenue for the Club.
“This is going to be the biggest ever attended domestic fixture hosted at Emirates Old Trafford and with over 23,000 supporters coming, the atmosphere is going to be electric.
“The Vitality Blast competition has been brilliant for us so far this summer, both on and off the field. We’re currently unbeaten after seven games and attendances have increased considerably compared to last year. We’ve also made some significant enhancements to the in-ground supporter experience with two new big screens as well as mid-tier LED ribbons on B and C Stand, which is a first in cricket in the UK.”
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