Press News | 21st June 2007
Twenty20 brings in Trent Bridge crowds again
Nottinghamshire are gearing up for a packed five weeks of cricket as more than 100,000 fans head to Trent Bridge.
First up is the fast and furious action of the Twenty20 Cup, followed by a NatWest Series One-day International with West Indies and an npower Test Match against India.
The Twenty20 Cup is now well established as domestic cricket’s most popular competition, with 40,000 people coming through the gates during Notts Outlaws’ run to Finals Day last year.
And with a record 6,000 advance tickets already sold for the four home group matches, it’s clear that Twenty20 is as popular as ever - and the economy in the region will again be gaining the benefits.
Quite apart from the expected big crowds at the Twenty20 matches, Notts have also sold more than 72,000 tickets for the internationals, with the ODI and first three days of the Test sold out, and more than 12,000 seats booked for day four.
Notts Chief Executive Derek Brewer said: “Twenty20 has proved to be a competition that appeals to all audiences and helps kick off an exciting period in the summer for us.
“When you see that 100,000 people will be using our facilities in such a short time-span, it underlines the value of Trent Bridge to the local community.
“Those spectators will be drawn not only from the city and county but from all parts of the East Midlands, and for the international fixtures, from all areas of this country and beyond.
“The impact of these visits on the local economy will be immense and we know that Trent Bridge also plays a huge part in enhancing the image and reputation of the locality.”
First up for the Outlaws is an appetising meeting with Lancashire Lightning on Saturday June 23, starting at 2.40pm.
There’s a family theme running throughout the day, with pre-match entertainment from the Wall of Sound drummers, a crèche, face painter, bouncy castle, supervised free net sessions, a coconut shy, animals from the White Post Modern Farm Centre and a Pimms Tent.
In response to popular demand from supporters, Notts have introduced a new Twenty20 Week Pass for their group home matches from June 23-29.
If fans buy the pass in advance of the first match against Lancashire, they will be able to come to all four games at a specially reduced rate.
An adult pass costs £35, concessions can watch the action for £20 and a family pass for two adults and two under-16s costs just £90.
Advance tickets for individual matches cost £11 for adults, £6 for concessions and £28 for a family, while there are also advance group discounts for eight under-16s and two adults (£59) and 10 adults for £88.
Notts’ other three home matches are against Leicestershire on June 25, Derbyshire on June 27 and Yorkshire on June 29.