Designs for the new-look WACA revealed
The venue will have a capacity of 10,000 and include a range of public facilities plus a new indoor cricket centre
Final designs for the redevelopment of the WACA have been revealed as the ground becomes a boutique venue with a capacity of 10,000.
The project has been in the works since Perth Stadium became the new venue in the city for men’s internationals and the BBL.
The WACA will remain an international accredited venue and will have the ability to expand capacity to 15,000 with temporary seating when required. It was one of the host grounds for last year’s women’s T20 World Cup and continues to be the home for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield, Marsh Cup and WNCL as well as hosting Perth Scorchers in the WBBL.
The Inverarity and Prindiville stands will be removed to make way for one central pavilion on the northern end of the ground. The redevelopment will include a ten-lane indoor cricket and multi-sport centre, various public facilities and a new museum, and could yet also house a swimming pool although that remains under discussion. The playing area will also be lengthened to accommodate Australian Rules Football among other sports.
The work is earmarked to start before the 2021-22 season and be completed by 2024. The ground will be able to continue to host matches while the work is taking place.
“We’re excited to share the schematic design of the WACA Ground Improvement Project that showcase the much-needed revitalisation of the iconic home of cricket in WA into a year-round community destination for all to enjoy,” WACA chairman Tuck Waldron said. “The transformation of this world-famous ground will have significant benefits for our great game and the needs of the wider community now and into the future, and will play a key role in activating the East Perth precinct.”
Cricket Australia interim CEO Nick Hockley added: “This will be a truly world-class facility that will greatly benefit cricket in the West and Australian Cricket more generally.”