22 December 2020
South East Queensland

Cricket fans will have access to a range of additional shuttle bus services when the Big Bash League returns to The Gabba for the first time this summer on Wednesday night.

After back-to-back losses to begin their BBL campaign, the Brisbane Heat will chase their first win at home to the Adelaide Strikers from 6.15pm.

Travel to the game will be free from 2.15pm with an event ticket on Queensland Rail City Network trains (excluding Airtrain), Brisbane City Council buses and special event shuttle services.

Head of TransLink Matt Longland said shuttle buses would run at regular intervals from the Brisbane CBD, Chermside, Carindale and Eight Mile Plains from 4.15pm, with return shuttles operating for approximately one hour after the game.

“We know fans will be excited about the return of the Big Bash to The Gabba and we want to help give them a great experience at the cricket,” Mr Longland said.

“As always, public transport remains a safe, reliable and convenient way to get to any major event and our focus is on getting fans to and from the game safely.

“With superstars like Chris Lynn in their ranks, the Heat always draw a crowd so in line with our COVID-Safe Public Transport Plan, shuttle services will be limited to seated capacity only with no standing passengers to help with social distancing.

“It’s important fans also remember the three key messages in our COVID-safe plan: leave a gap, adjust your travel and keep it clean.

“This is another chance for Queenslanders to do the right thing in response to COVID-19 and hopefully they’ll be rewarded with a Brisbane Heat win.”

Wednesday’s clash is the first of five Heat games at The Gabba between now and January 4, before two fixtures at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast on January 7 and 10.

The Gabba will also host the fourth Test match between Australia and India from January 15-19.

"We’re asking people attending any matches this summer to plan their journey, consider travelling earlier and stay home if they are unwell,” Mr Longland said.

“We also recommend they wear a mask on public transport services if they are in a crowded vehicle.

"The best way for fans to plan their travel to games is by visiting our website at translink.com.au or calling 13 12 30.”