MEL v PER Holiday Season OpenAir Annual Fixture?
What do you guys think of making this an annual "marquee" fixture on the Melbourne sporting calendar. You already have things like the Anzac Day AFL game, the Boxing Day Cricket match.
This game reminded me a bit of the Anzac Day game. I don't think that was initially intended to be an annual tradition but it went so well, the people liked it and the first game just happened to be a classic that they thought why not do it again?
This Open-Air game had similarities. Someone said it was "perfectly scripted" - perfect weather, a full-house and then a classic game. With the two teams' venues being dictated by the Hopman Cup and Australian Open around this time of the year, you would think this would be common that Perth will be having some road games (whilst the Hopman is on) and Melbourne getting in their home games (before the Aussie Open) so it should be something that can be arranged. And add in holiday season when people generally have a bit more free time to get out and about and attend a live game, and you have a great formula. Two of the better run organisations in the competition too so they will generally be talented line-ups.
Hopefully it can be a fixture that builds a bit of a status and profile in and of itself as an annual blockbuster.