Fans top priority in Tridents planning
Thu, 19th, Jul 2018
With capacity crowds expected for the Barbados leg of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPl), fan engagement will be high on the agenda of organisers, when the matches bowl off at Kensington Oval next month.
This year, five fixtures have been scheduled for the historic venue and in anticipation of an overwhelming public response, emphasis is being placed on initiatives to ensure that the spectator experience is optimal.
Venue Operations Manager, Diane Prescod, said it was vitally important fans felt a part of the Hero CPL experience and more importantly, maintained their strong connection to Barbados Tridents.
“From the inception, the Barbadian fans have always been central to the Hero CPL experience and have been at the core of the success and solid growth of the tournament here,” Prescod said.
“The mere fact the Tridents remain so immensely popular and that there is already excitement building around them this year can be put down to the close affinity fans feel towards the franchise, and the eagerness with which they always show their support.
“We are very excited this year as the first match-day draws even closer. We believe this year we can make the Hero CPL even more appealing and set new standards, with our fan base at the core of it all.”
The 2018 Hero CPL runs from August 8 to September 16, and will feature the Tridents, Trinbago Knight Riders, Jamaica Tallawahs, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St Lucia Stars and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, contesting 34 matches.
Tridents open their campaign on Saturday, August 25 against last year’s losing finalists, Patriots, before following up 24 hours later with a titanic clash against perennial arch-rivals and reigning champions, TKR.
Two-time winners Tallawahs meet the Tridents on August 29 before Amazon Warriors (August 31) and Stars (September 2), complete action at the Oval.
Prescod revealed that fans would be encouraged to wear blue in an effort to have them identify with the team colours and said the final game against the Stars would be labelled as a family day where parents and children could share in the Hero CPL experience together.
She also stressed that Hero CPL placed heavy emphasis and spectator comfort and security, noting that intense planning was already underway to ensure a smooth and hassle-free environment for fans on match-day.
“We don’t have issues with movement of fans entering and exiting the Kensington Oval facility, as we have a very efficient security team, Police and experienced volunteers, who always ensure this process is a seamless one,” Prescod explained.
“Overall, I think we are well advanced in planning this year as compared to previous years, and over the next few weeks we will be working feverishly to tie up all loose ends and ensure we are 100 per cent ready by the time the first match rolls around.”
This year, Tridents boast a large contingent of Barbadian players, with the likes of Jason Holder, along with Test stars Shai Hope, Roston Chase and Raymon Reifer all included.
And not only will fans get to witness the players on the field but will also be afforded the opportunity to get up close with them, with the Trident stars expected to make community appearances.
“We will be doing a lot more in terms of getting out there in the public and ensuring players connect with their loyal fans because it is not often fans get to see their stars in a more relaxed environment,” Prescod said.
“So, they will in the community passing on training tips to young aspiring cricketers, as well as just mingling with ordinary people. Hero CPL is not simply about what happens on the field but about the energy off the field, and nothing symbolises this more than the passion shared between players and adoring fans.”
Fans will also benefit from special season ticket prices as well as those tickets bought in advance.
Tickets are already on sale online at www.cplt20.com.