The Sharks will use the iconic cricket ground to play their home games over the next two Western Australian Football League (WAFL) seasons.

As part of the WACA Ground Improvement Project the famous grass banks at the Ground are currently being excavated, to lengthen the oval and accommodate the return of WAFL games and other sports, creating a multi-use venue.

WAFL games were last played at the WACA Ground in 1994 when East Fremantle played West Perth in a qualifying final.

East Perth used it as their home ground in the late 1980s for two seasons and both WA AFL teams played home games at the Ground in the late 1990s.

Christina Matthews, WA Cricket CEO said;

“We’re excited to have footy back here at the WACA Ground and look forward to sharing our home with East Fremantle over the next two years.

“This is the first step in transforming the Ground into a boutique multi-sport and community venue that complements Optus Stadium, with a permanent capacity of approximately 10,000 seats.

“There is such a rich sporting history at the WACA Ground and WAFL plays a big part in that history, so this partnership is an opportunity to create more incredible sporting moments for WA fans.”

Todd Shimmon, CEO EFFC said;

“The Club looks forward to playing our Home Games at the WACA Ground over the next two years, utilising a high-class playing surface for players, excellent viewing and hospitality arrangements for Sponsors, Members and visiting teams.

“The WA Cricket team have been very accommodating in inviting football back to the WACA Ground, and we look forward to a positive partnership for both parties over the next two years.”

Hon. Tony Buti MLA, Minister for Sport and Recreation said;

“The WACA Ground is part of WA footy history and has been host to some incredible AFL moments, including holding the Fremantle Dockers first-ever home game in 1995.

“The shift to the WACA Ground will enable works on the East Fremantle Oval redevelopment – a McGowan Government election commitment – to proceed through next football season.

“In the meantime, we look forward to seeing football return to the WACA Ground.”

WA Cricket’s vision is to create a sustainable community and sporting hub with cricket at its heart.

Sitting on Noongar Country, the WACA Ground site has long been used to connect people through sharing food, stories and ceremony and is still today a place of coming together.

WA Cricket is confident the WACA Ground Improvement Project will have significant and wide-reaching benefits and will ensure that the Ground will continue to prosper and service the needs of the cricket and wider community into the future.

The Project, including the inclusion of a community aquatic centre, is part of a $1.5 billion Perth City Deal signed by the Federal and State Governments and the City of Perth.