The WACA has submitted a funding request to the WA State Government for a portion of the costs to undertake a development of Perth’s iconic WACA Ground.
The development would see the WACA Ground become a 15,000-capacity boutique stadium to complement Perth Stadium, with proposed new seating facilities and significantly more shade among the range of upgrades to be provided to spectators.
Plans also include new dedicated player and high performance training facilities and resizing of the oval to accommodate WAFL matches, with the development also allowing for co-location with the West Australian Football Commission should current negotiations lead to an agreement of terms.
The future WACA Ground, together with the new world-class 60,000-seat Perth Stadium, will create a unique and impressive sporting precinct which capitalises on the future growth of cricket, other sports in WA and the East Perth community.
Detailed cost planning determined the development for the WACA Ground to be $207m, with the WACA seeking funding of $175 from the State Government towards the cost.
Depending on the construction method chosen, and assuming funding becomes available in 2017, the full development is expected to be completed in time for the 2020-21 season.
WACA Ground Development Project Definition Plan executive summary [PDF]
Project Definition Plan process
The scope of the preferred option presented in the Vision 2030 report and master plan were reviewed and refined during the PDP process, including the development of a schedule of accommodation, concept plans and a functional brief. The schedule of accommodation and functional design brief involved an extensive stakeholder consultation process, which included participation from the WACA, Western Australia Football Commission, Cricket Australia, Department of Sport and Recreation, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, Trinity College and Gloucester Park.
A number of site investigations took place during this process to ensure the project is de-risked. These included hydraulic, electrical, structural, National Construction Code, geotechnical, site contamination, town planning, heritage and turf investigations.