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WACA conceptual design

The designs released today mark a major milestone for the WACA Ground Improvement Project, following the $30 million funding commitments from both the Australian and Western Australian governments, $11 million from WACA plus a $4 million contribution from Cricket Australia.

The final design illustrates how the original home of cricket in WA will become a sustainable boutique community and sporting venue, capable of hosting 10,000 people to bring vibrancy to the East Perth precinct while honouring the rich history of the ground.

In a major boost to the East Perth area, the facility will support community use year-round, adding much-needed amenity for the growing CBD population.

The development will also facilitate a new state-of-the-art inner city swimming pool. The CBD aquatic centre proposal has been discussed for decades, and will bring Perth into line with other major cities across Australia by ensuring residents can enjoy a central swimming pool.

Other features of the WACA Ground Improvement Project include:

  • replacing the existing Prindiville and Inverarity grandstands with a new central pavilion containing new food and beverage outlets and spectator amenities
  • upgraded sports lighting
  • lengthening the oval to accommodate other sports such as Australian Rules Football
  • dedicated facilities for elite players including a new indoor multi-sport facility
  • a purpose built WACA museum
  • community sports medicine and rehabilitation centre
  • community health club
  • a multi-purpose function centre
  • an auditorium and meeting rooms.

The Western Australian Cricket Association anticipates early works will start before the beginning of the 2021-22 cricket season, with completion expected for early 2024.

The project is being funded under the $1.5 billion Perth City Deal, a ground-breaking partnership between the Australian and WA Governments and the City of Perth.

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Page reviewed 27 February 2023