Copper Box match for Mavericks against Surrey Storm on Saturday
PUBLISHED: 16:16 05 March 2014 | UPDATED: 16:26 05 March 2014
Herts Mavericks chair Gloria Keech says her side's Superleague fixture at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday shows domestic netball has moved on to another level.
The Hatfield-based side, who play home games at the Herts Sports Village, face Surrey Storm in an away fixture at the London 2012 Olympic Games venue in what will be the highest attended domestic netball match Great Britain has ever witnessed.
Keech has seen her sport develop hugely on the domestic scene since she helped establish the Mavericks in 2005.
“The obvious increase in our own match ticket sales, our first four home matches have been sold out, shows how much our own profile and that of netball in general has dramatically changed in such a short period of time,” she told the Welwyn Hatfield Times.
“The interest from Sky TV has of course had a impact also, but to be able to play a Superleague fixture at the Copper Box well that takes us to another level now.”
Mavericks and Storm, who both have England players in their line-ups, are gearing up for what will be a record-breaking domestic match with crowds of up to 7,500.
Saturday’s Zeo Netball Superleague clash, billed as Netball London Live, will coincide with International Women’s Day.
More than 2,000 tickets have already been sold for the clash which breaks the previous record of 1,607 which was achieved at the end of last season when Team Bath defeated Celtic Dragons in the grand final.
Keech feels this match will help guage the national interest in netball, adding: “The success of this event is very important.
“It will demonstrate how much interest there is out there for top level netball in the country and will enable us to continue to raise the awareness of netball.
“[It is] very exciting, both for players and supporters in fact anyone involved with Mavericks in any capacity.”
The match starts at 6pm, visit www.netballlondonlive.com for match and ticket information.