The Prindiville Stand designed by Hanlin & Young Architects officially opened in November 1984 as the initial stage of the Ground’s first major redevelopment to commemorate the Centenary of the WACA Ground. Named after Bernie Prindiville, past President of the Western Australian Cricket Association, the stand became home to WA Cricket’s administration offices.

Prindiville was a dedicated servant of cricket in WA, and during his decade-long tenure as President he led the fundraising initiatives for the first Test match in Perth in December 1970 and was a key mover in raising $19 million towards the redevelopment of the Ground.

The Prindiville name will be retained on the Nelson Crescent side of the new administration which will be named the Prindiville Building, preserving an important part of WA cricket history.

The demolition took 15 weeks to complete, with tonnes of material including steel staircases, concrete seating, walls, wiring, and pipework removed from the 1500m2 site, which is just larger than an Olympic swimming pool.

Brajkovich Demolition is committed to recycling up to 95% of this material, through crushing facilities and their large salvage yard in the Swan Valley. WA Cricket has also salvaged museum artefacts, memorabilia and re-usable catering equipment from the decommissioned stand.

The Prindiville Stand will be replaced with an inclusive all-abilities playground, café and part of the new pavilion as the WACA Ground is transformed into a community and sporting hub with cricket at its heart.

The WGIP commenced in August 2021 with the oval lengthening to accommodate Australian rules football, with the East Fremantle Sharks calling the WACA Ground home for the next two Western Australian Football League (WAFL) seasons.

The Inverarity Stand has been demolished to make way for the resort-style swimming pools and the iconic light towers are currently being upgraded to new LED coloured lights.

The WGIP is anticipated to create 120 jobs in the construction phase and 250 ongoing jobs when operational.

The $115 million WGIP is jointly funded by the Australian Government, Western Australian Government, City of Perth, WA Cricket and Cricket Australia.

The project is a key part of the $1.7billion Perth City Deal, a joint agreement between the three levels of government.

Comments attributable to Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Hon. Catherine King MP:

“The WACA is an iconic Western Australian sporting ground, and the Albanese Government is looking forward to supporting its redevelopment through the Perth City Deal.

“The project will support local jobs, while encouraging people back into the CBD.”

Comments attributable to Western Australian Minister for Transport, Planning and Ports, the Hon. Rita Saffioti MLA:

“The WACA is a special place for many Western Australians - I spent many years there as a kid, cheering on my favourite players.

“The WACA Ground Improvement Project is well underway and will create a vibrant new hub in East Perth with the all-abilities playground, when complete, to be enjoyed by families of all ages.”

Comments attributable to Western Australian Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Hon. David Templeman MLA:

“The demolition of the Prindiville Stand is a significant milestone for the WACA Ground Improvement Project and the community more broadly.

“The addition of the all-abilities playground, café, museum and upgraded facilities will enhance the visitor experience and attract more spectators and tourists through its gates.

“I commend WA Cricket for its excellent work in transforming this iconic venue and contributing to the liveability and vibrancy of the eastern end of the city.”

Comments attributable to Perth Lord Mayor, Basil Zempilas:

“The addition of an all-abilities playground as part of the new look WACA will be much welcomed by the East Perth residents and visitors to Perth.

“This project is a key part of the Perth City Deal, a game changer for our capital city.”

Comments attributable to Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, the Hon Patrick Gorman MP:

“The WACA Ground is at the heart of the East Perth community and serves as an important place to recognise the history of cricket in our State as well as the future potential of the area.

“The installation of an all-abilities playground as part of the project will ensure families from all over Perth can enjoy our city.”

Comments attributable to WA Cricket CEO, Christina Matthews:

“Too often, sporting facilities are designed with a focus purely on high performance rather than community and the demolition of the Prindiville Stand is a major step towards this Ground becoming a place every member of our community no matter their ability and age can enjoy and create long-lasting memories.

“Features like the all-abilities playground, café and pavilion will help drive year-round use and create a WACA Ground that’s accessible to all.

“We want to thank the State and Federal governments and the City of Perth for their contribution and hard work getting this finalised.”