Tickets to the Bendigo Bank Spirit’s history-making Women’s National Basketball League grand final go on sale tomorrow.
The Spirit will play in its first grand final at Bendigo Stadium on Sunday, March 10, after a seven-point triumph over the Dandenong Rangers in the second semi-final.
General admission seats will cost $38 adults, $30 concession, $25 children. The increase from semi-final ticket prices includes a $3 rise to cover ticket fees and a Basketball Australia levy.
“The reason they’re not on sale (yet) is the seating layout needs to be built by the ticketing company, so that takes a couple of days to get ready for online purchasing,” Spirit chairman Jeremi Moule said yesterday.
Bendigo will face the winner of the preliminary final between Dandenong and Townsville in the grand final.
A big crowd is expected and temporary stands will be built on each baseline and in two corners of Bendigo Stadium so the venue can hold Basketball Australia’s minimum requirement of 3000 spectators.
Tickets for two temporary corner stands will most likely be cheaper, but won’t go on sale until the other seats are sold out.
“We won’t release those until last, if we need them,” Mr Moule said.
“Because they’re not 100 per cent viewing that might be a different (pricing) tier, other than that the ticket prices are a flat rate.”
The grand final tip-off is planned for 3.45pm to allow ABC TV to cover the post-game presentations.
The start time will help avoid scheduling clashes with the main events of the Bendigo International Madison carnival that evening.
The 120 metre Bendigo Thousand, Golden Mile Wheelrace final and 400 metre Black Opal handicap final will be raced between 7pm and 7.20pm, followed by the Madison at 7.30pm.
The bumper weekend of sport will be a boon for Bendigo and Mr Moule hopes fans turn out in force for both the WNBL grand final and the Madison.
“We would hope that as many people come to the game make the journey down to see the Madison and make it a big week for Bendigo because it will be a big focus on the city hosting two such significant events at once,” he said.
Tickets for Sunday week’s Madison events can be bought at www.madison.org.au or at the gate.
Prices are $20 for adults, $10 for concession and children between the ages of five and 16, or $45 for families.