If people havent noticed, there have been some rather large crowds in the twenty20 Big Bash competition this year. 9 matches, 130,095 attendants @ 14,455/match Some crowds were 28 k (NSW v Vic) and 17k for about 4 others. This is an increase on the average so far from 2008/09 of 10,391. To put that in perspective: 2009/10 averages (finals NOT included) AFL Football -> 36,212 Super 14 Rugby -> 20,200 NRL League -> 16,979 Big Bash Cricket -> 14,455 (ongoing) A-League Soccer -> 9,505 (ongoing) We all know that cricket and football use the same grounds. We should be able to use them to get even more support for upgraded grounds around Australia. There is a new cricket domestic comp starting in two years possibly with teams in all the states plus two more. Plenty of opportunities are arising: A twenty20 cricket team in Western Sydney could perhaps team up with the new AFL team and provide dual memberships and marketing opportunities. Improved training faciliites for many non-victorian teams. Infrastructure in place for a Tasmanian AFL side (and possibly a NQ side) New bargaining powers with governments for better transport to venues like Carrara. Another tenant for Telstra Dome when AFL assumes ownership More funds for stadium upgrades at Skilled Stadium, and perhaps more push for another AFL standard stadium in Melbourne.