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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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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