March 8 - Almost 3,000 netball fans will descend on London's Copper Box Arena at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park today as the London 2012 venue gets set to host the biggest ever UK domestic netball match.
More than 2,700 fans have already secured tickets for the Zeo Netball Superleague match which will see Surrey Storm take on the Hertfordshire Mavericks to mark the midway point of the 2014 Superleague season.
The match, which takes place fittingly on International Women's Day, has already surpassed the previous record crowd at a UK netball match of 1,607, achieved at the end of the 2013 Superleague season when Team Bath defeated Celtic Dragons at the Grand Final in Worcester.
Netball London Live, the official title of the event, continues the Olympic Legacy of London 2012 bringing professional domestic netball to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the very first time.
"The Copper Box Arena is establishing itself as one of the UK's pre-eminent sporting venues and to be hosting the Netball London Live event brings yet another group of elite athletes to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and will offer even more Londoners to chance to experience world-class sport first hand," said Tony Wallace, head of major venues at Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL), operator of the Copper Box Arena.
Netball fans will also get the chance to watch England players play for their club sides as they warm-up for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games later that year.
Both teams boast current and ex-England stars, including Surrey Storm's Rachel Dunn and player-coach Tamsin Greenway, and Mavericks' Sasha and Kadeen Corbin, Lindsay Keable and Layla Guscoth.
London and South-East franchise Surrey Storm currently sit top of the Superleague after six games, whilst East region side Hertfordshire Mavericks are in fourth.
"Everyone at Storm is extremely excited to be bringing Superleague netball to London's Olympic Park in front of a record UK crowd," said Surrey Storm player coach Greenway.
"We've started the season well and the girls will be giving everything to get the win in what promises to be a truly amazing atmosphere.
"It's amazing how much interest there has been in this game and the ticket sales show the growing demand for netball and professional female sport in this country.
"The match takes place on International Women's Day and we're hoping the event inspires even more women to take part in netball and sport."
The game is due to start at 18:00 GMT.
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