Manchester Thunder are attempting a Netball Super League record and you can help them break it Danny Jones
Reigning netball champions Manchester Thunder are returning to the AO Arena once again this spring and are hoping to smash a league record in the process.
The best part is, you can help them break it by simply grabbing a ticket.
The high-flying Northern side are enjoying yet another impressive season, currently sitting second in the Netball Super League with a game in hand on Surrey Storm at the top of the table.
However, as well as hoping to retain their NSL title and win their fifth trophy in just over a decade, the Thunder are also looking to earn themselves a league record in their upcoming game against local rivals Leeds Rhinos at the AO and it’s looking very doable.
Heading back to the AO Arena for the first in over a year since their last meeting at the legendary Manc venue back in March 2022, the fixture promises to be “bigger and better than ever”.
After besting the Rhinos (52–67) over at Leeds Beckett earlier this month, Manchester Thunder are now looking to surpass the blockbuster scenes from last year’s arena match, where more than 4,000 fans turned up to see them take on the league’s newest team, with a target of at 5,960 attendees now set.
Dubbed the ‘Battle of the Roses’, the Lancashire lot’s aim is to not only beat their Yorkshire counterparts once again but to beat the official NSL record for the most supporters at a home netball game, which currently stands at 5,959.
Netball Manchester Live 2023 is already one of Manchester’s biggest annual sporting events but with this milestone now up for grabs, it’s set to be a big afternoon whether you’re a netball fan, a fan of sport in general or just want to play your small part of history.
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The sport as a whole is riding quite the high in recent years, with a record crowd of nearly 9,000 fans piling into Birmingham’s Utilita Arena for the season opener back in 2020, where all 10 teams compete in a massive day of netball action.
Cementing themselves as one of the best teams in the NSL, Manchester Thunder are hoping to keep pushing that momentum further and, who knows, with the AO Arena capacity at around 21,000, they could even go on to break international records in the 10,000s.
With over 2,000 tickets already sold, Manchester’s premier netball team are on track to reach a record attendance, but every friend, family member and netball-lover you convince to come along helps them move a step closer to achieving this amazing feat.
Tickets for Manchester Thunder vs Leeds Rhinos Netball at the AO Arena on 7 May are on sale now. You can grab yours HERE and we hope to see you there!
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Mrs Brown’s Boys is coming back to Manchester with ‘classic play’ Daisy Jackson
Mrs Brown’s Boys is returning to theatres across the UK this autumn, taking Mrs Brown Rides Again back on tour.
For the first time in 10 years, the ‘much-loved classic play’ written by and starring Brendan O’Carroll will be hitting the live stage.
Mrs Brown Rides Again is based on the hit sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys, which follows loud-mouthed Irish matriarch Agnes Brown (or ‘Mammy’) and her six children.
The play itself follows the dysfunctional family after Agnes learns that her children plan to have her put in a home.
While trying to prove that she has a new lease of life, she’s faced with a psychiatrist trying to put her in her place, a neighbour waiting for a heart bypass, and a family secret that everyone seems to know except her.
A new mini-series of Mrs Brown’s Boys has also been announced, returning to BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
It will be the first mini-series in more than a decade following years of regular Christmas specials, which usually dominate viewing ratings.
Over the years, the sitcom has been awarded five BAFTAs, four National Television Awards, three TV Choice Awards, four IFTA awards, three TV Times Awards as well as RTS, TRIC and National Comedy Awards.
On the new tour, Brendan O Carroll said: “The Pandemic is gone, and Mrs Brown is back. It doesn’t get any better.”
Mrs. Brown Rides Again will be at the Manchester Opera House between 30 August and 2 September this year.
Tickets go on sale Friday 24 March at 10am from atgtickets.com.
Full tour dates for Mrs Brown’s Boys play, Mrs Brown Rides Again
Fri 25 Aug 23 Glasgow OVO Hydro
Sat 26 Aug 23 Glasgow OVO Hydro (Matinee and Evening show)
Wed 30 Aug 23 Manchester Opera House
Thu 31 Aug 23 Manchester Opera House
Fri 01 Sep 23 Manchester Opera House
Sat 02 Sep 23 Manchester Opera House (Matinee and Evening show)
Thu 07 Sep 23 Edinburgh Playhouse
Fri 08 Sep 23 Edinburgh Playhouse
Sat 09 Sep 23 Edinburgh Playhouse (Matinee and Evening show)
Tue 12 Sep 23 Wolverhampton The Halls
Wed 13 Sep 23 Wolverhampton The Halls
Fri 15 Sep 23 Cardiff International Arena
Sat 16 Sep 23 Cardiff International Arena (Matinee and Evening show)
Wed 20 Sep 23 Liverpool Empire Theatre
Thu 21 Sep 23 Liverpool Empire Theatre
Fri 22 Sep 23 Liverpool Empire Theatre
Sat 23 Sep 23 Liverpool Empire Theatre (Matinee and Evening show)
Wed 18 Oct 23 Sunderland Empire
Thu 19 Oct 23 Sunderland Empire
Fri 20 Oct 23 Sunderland Empire
Sat 21 Oct 23 Sunderland Empire (Matinee and Evening show)
Fri 27 Oct 23 Hull Bonus Arena
Sat 28 Oct 23 Hull Bonus Arena (Matinee and Evening show)
Mon 30 Oct 23 Bournemouth International Centre
Tue 31 Oct 23 Bournemouth International Centre
Thu 02 Nov 23 Blackpool Opera House
Fric 03 Nov 23 Blackpool Opera House
Sat 04 Nov 23 Blackpool Opera House (Matinee and Evening show)
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