Wednesday 17 January 2007 

International Summer Of Cricket Set For 1,000,000th Fan

The biggest summer of cricket in recent memory is on track to chalk up another milestone at the SCG this Sunday (21 January) when the aggregate spectator total for the international season eclipses the magical one million mark.

It is only the 5th time since 1970-71 that the milestone has been achieved.

Cricket Australia is forecasting a new record for attendance for an international season this summer with 1.3 million fans expected to pass through the turnstiles by the end of the Commonwealth Bank Series Finals (previous records included in footnotes).

2006-07 International Cricket Season – The story so far…

More than 813,000 spectators attended the 3 mobile Ashes Series, while fans have already turned out in force to the first matches of the Commonwealth Bank Series with more than 100,000 passing through the turnstiles so far.

More than 35,000 also attended the KFC Twenty20 International between Australia and England on 9 Jan.

With a bumper crowd of almost 40,000 expected at the Commonwealth Bank Series match between Australian and England at the Gabba on Friday, it will bring the aggregate total to a massive 985,000 leaving Sydney fans with the job of eclipsing the one million mark on Sunday when Australia take on New Zealand.

It is not the first record to tumble this summer with several venues setting individual attendance records during the 3 mobile Ashes Series.

Channel Nine’s exclusive coverage of the international summer of cricket also chalked up some records of its own.

The 3 mobile Ashes Series produced the best ratings result of any Test Series on Australian television since the beginning of the OzTAM ratings system.

3 mobile’s exclusive mobile TV coverage has also hit new heights this summer with more than 2 million cricket moments experienced on 3 mobile Cricket TV throughout the entire 3 mobile Ashes series.

The Commonwealth Bank Series match between Australia and England at the Gabba on 19 January is sold out.

The Commonwealth Bank Series match between Australia and England on 21 January is also virtually sold out.

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