WACA Seeks Funding to Secure Ground's Future
17 November 2016  
This visual is an artist impression only and does not reflect the final design
The Western Australian Cricket Association (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.  
 
WACA CEO Ms Christina Matthews said the WACA Ground had a long and proud history as an iconic cricket venue and the planned development would ensure its place in the hearts of the WA community would continue.
 
"The Ground has provided a stage for many historical sporting moments and we want to ensure it continues to play a role in WA’s community and sporting landscape for the next 100 years, which means a significant development is required,” Ms Matthews said.
 
"A developed WACA Ground will provide opportunities for the community to celebrate our rich history with the new sporting museum, Ground tours and share in the memories of matches gone by, or come and enjoy the ambience at the new café and shop on non-match days.
 
"The WACA Ground’s high performance facilities are rated the lowest in the country and, while other major cricket venues have undergone significant upgrades, we continue to fall behind which has the potential to impact our performance at a state level and the ability to develop Australian players.
 
"To continue to grow the nation’s number one participation sport, inspire a new generation of players and fans, and support WA’s sport objectives for cricket and football, our high performance facilities need to exceed those in the eastern states.
 
"We are focused on providing opportunities that allow everyone from regional and multicultural participants to females, volunteers, children, families and students to take part in the game. The proposed dormitory-style accommodation would go a long way in supporting these objectives.
 
"Not only would the development provide a boost for WA tourism, both international and interstate, but it would also present opportunities for other uses of the WACA Ground to activate and enhance the community and East Perth precinct.
 
"During our planning we were conscious of the Ground’s fit within the State Government’s Stadium Hierarchy and understand our development is not just about cricket, but for the sustainability of all sports in WA.”
 
Detailed cost planning determined the development for the WACA Ground to be $207m, with the WACA seeking funding of $175m 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.