Northern netball giants Manchester Thunder and Yorkshire Jets are aiming to make sporting history when they face off at Netball Manchester Live on April 18th at the Manchester Arena.
The two teams will play in a season-ending Roses clash which is aiming to break the record for the highest attended domestic netball match ever held in the UK. The record is currently held by Netball London Live, held in March last year, which attracted 6033 people.
Thunder and England Netball captain Sara Bayman has her eyes firmly set on the twin goals of beating her team’s Roses rivals in the Vitality Netball Superleague and topping the London attendance record.
“This game is going to be all about rivalry,” said Bayman. “It’s us against Jets, the North West against Yorkshire, and the North against the South when it comes to breaking the attendance record. We want fans of both teams, and anyone across the region that just loves sport, to be there cheering and helping us make history.”
With a record-breaking crowd expected, tickets are set to be in high demand when they go on sale on Wednesday 20th January. Tickets will be available via www.netballmanchesterlive.com
Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council executive member for culture and leisure, said, "Manchester Thunder's players are local sporting legends and the upcoming match against Yorkshire Jets will undoubtedly be an unmissable spectacle certain to attract record-breaking crowds. Netball Manchester Live is part of a phenomenal programme of sports events taking place in the city throughout 2016 - illustrating once again how much we love all sports. I'm proud that we're able to provide a platform for elite women's sport, which is all to often sidelined. I'm sure the skills and aptitude of all the netball players will inspire everyone who attends the game."
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