A sustainable community and sporting hub with cricket at its heart.
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 that 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.
The Association is confident that the WACA Ground Improvement Project will cater for the needs of the community and cricket now and into the future.
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 Association is seeking a funding contribution from the State and Federal Government to realise its vision.