The Western Australian Cricket Association’s vision to transform the WACA Ground into a sustainable community and sporting hub with cricket at its heart will become a reality thanks to a $30 million funding investment from the State Government.
This commitment from the State Government is the final piece of the puzzle for the WACA Ground Improvement Project in Perth, which aims to revitalise the home of cricket in Western Australia to become a boutique community and sporting destination that will bring the East Perth precinct to life.
The ground will be reshaped as a 10,000-capacity boutique venue, which will complement Optus Stadium and its design will pay homage to the traditional owners of the land on which it sits.
It will honour the rich history of the ground and ensure that it can continue to serve the needs of WA cricket and sport into the future, with wide-ranging benefits for other sports, including Australian rules football, and the WA community at large.
The Project will deliver:
- An activated piazza space that can be enjoyed by the community year-round;
- A reduced capacity Ground, with innovative shade solutions;
- 10-lane indoor cricket facility, for use by elite, pathway players, the cricket community and the broader community;
- Dedicated high performance facilities for elite players, including gym, change rooms and recovery facilities;
- A public fitness facility;
- Re-invigorated museum that honours the rich history of the Ground in the sport and entertainment industry and secures the WACA Ground’s place as a must-see tourist destination;
- Retention of the WACA scoreboard;
- Provision of new Program Delivery Centre for WACA employees;
- Lecture theatre and multi-purpose meeting rooms, that will be made available for community use;
- Resizing of the oval to accommodate Australian rules football matches and other sports;
- A sports lighting upgrade;
- Provision of space to provide for medical and sports science services currently lacking in the East Perth precinct;
- Café; and
- A new pavilion, including food and beverage outlets and a multi-purpose function room.
The WACA Ground Improvement Project will cost an estimated $75 million.
The WACA is also exploring an exciting opportunity to partner with the City of Perth to incorporate an aquatic facility into the WACA Ground Improvement Project plans, including a 50-metre pool, a learn to swim pool and a leisure slide.
Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hon. Mick Murray MLA said:
With an historic, reimagined WACA Ground sitting just across the river from the ultra-modern Optus Stadium, there will be no better setup in the world for cricket.
The ground is a famous sporting icon that needs to be preserved and this commitment will help ensure its future and make it accessible for everyone in the community.
WACA Chair Tuck Waldron said:
It’s a great day for cricket in WA, and this funding will go a long way in helping us bring our vision for the iconic venue to life through the WACA Ground Improvement Project.
We are now one step closer to transforming the much-loved WACA Ground into a high-quality venue not only for cricket and other sports, but entertainment and community events too, which will help energise the East Perth area.
We are committed to raising the remaining $10 million through the WA Cricket Foundation to ensure this development offers incredible experiences and creates long-lasting memories for the WA community into the future.
Interim CEO of Cricket Australia Nick Hockley said:
This announcement is a significant moment for cricket in Western Australia and on behalf of Cricket Australia I would like to thank the State Government for their support.
This project is critically important to the future success of WA and Australian Cricket, and we thank Premier McGowan, Minster Murray and their state colleagues for their commitment to our sport and for sharing our vision to transform this historic ground.
The WACA Ground Improvement Project will transform the Ground into a boutique sporting venue that maintains ICC Accreditation as an International Cricket Venue and complements Optus Stadium, with a permanent capacity of 10,000 which can be increased to 15,000 with a temporary overlay.
The Project will also allow the Ground to be utilised for multi-sport and event use and the design will reflect and incorporate the heritage and history of the WACA Ground.
The reinvigorated museum will not only honour the rich cricket, sporting and entertainment history of the Ground, it will also pay homage to the traditional owners of the land on which it sits.
The WACA Ground Improvement Project will see the Inverarity and Prindiville stands removed to make way for one central structure and pavilion on the northern end of the Ground.
The Lillee-Marsh Stand, Players’ Pavilion and South West Pavilion will be retained until an opportunity to utilise that land as part of the activation of the East Perth precinct is agreed upon or for its remaining useful life.