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WACA Ground Improvement Project.

Frequently Asked Questions

All your questions relating to the WACA Ground Improvement Project answered.


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FAQS

Will the aquatic facility go ahead?
In late July, the City of Perth voted not to progress an aquatic facility at the WACA Ground as part of their Perth City Deal with the Federal and State Government.

The State Government has reiterated their commitment for an aquatic facility at the WACA Ground.

The WACA continues to support the need for an aquatic facility which has the potential to provide residents and workers with public facilities not available in our capital city.

Who will pay for the aquatic facility?
From the outset, the WACA has been clear with all parties of the three non-negotiables relating to the aquatic facility:

1. The funding party must agree to fully fund the capital cost of the aquatic facility;

2. The funding party must agree to fully fund the annual operational costs for the aquatic facilities (aquatic facilities to be cost-neutral for WACA); and

3. The funding party must agree to allow for provision for a sinking fund for the aquatic facility.

The WACA is supportive of the opportunity to partner with the State and Federal Government to provide a much-needed community amenity at its iconic Ground. However, the WACA will not be responsible for any capital, ongoing or maintenance costs relating to the aquatic facility.

What is the WGIP vision?

The vision for the WGIP is to create a sustainable community and sporting hub with cricket at its heart.

The Project will transform the WACA Ground into a boutique sporting and community venue that maintains ICC Accreditation as an International Cricket Venue and complements Optus Stadium, with a permanent capacity of approximately 10,000.

The Project will also allow the Ground to be utilised for multi-sport and event use.

How will the WGIP change the WACA Ground?
The WGIP is focused on catering to the needs of cricket now and into the future through improvements on the northern side of the Ground.

The WGIP will see the Inverarity and Prindiville stands removed to make way for one new central pavilion on the northern end of the Ground.

The Lillee-Marsh Stand, Players’ Pavilion and South West Pavilion will be retained for their remaining useful life. Further, both the east and west grass banks will remain. 

Which buildings/stands will be demolished?

  • Inverarity Stand
  • Prindiville Stand
  • Langers Loft
  • Sails Café
  • WACA Museum
  • Indoor cricket centre including indoor practice wickets
  • Turf Shed
  • Barry Shepherd Entry and Box Office (western entry)
  • The electronic scoreboard will be relocated, and the current manual scoreboard will remain in its current location.

When will the WGIP commence construction?
It is intended that the early works will commence before the start of the 2021-22 cricket season.

Early work involves lengthening of the oval and some demolition work.

The schematic design stage was completed on 16 March 2021 with detailed design complete in July 2021. Design and plans have been submitted for development approval to Development WA and approval is pending.

Main project construction is scheduled to commence at the start of 2022.

Is an aquatic facility part of the WGIP?

The inclusion of an aquatic facility formed part of the $1.5b Perth City Deal which was signed between the Federal Government, State Government and the City of Perth.

In late July, the City of Perth voted not to progress an aquatic facility at the WACA Ground as part of their Perth City Deal with the Federal and State Government.

The State Government has reiterated their commitment for an aquatic facility at the WACA Ground.

The WACA continues to support the need for an aquatic facility which has the potential to provide residents and workers with public facilities not available in our capital city.

How long will the construction take to complete?

The main construction will commence in early 2022 with anticipated completion in early 2024.

Will the WACA Ground be able to host matches during construction?
The Project Team are working hard to ensure works do not interfere with this season fixtures and have been integral in identifying a scope of early works that can occur simultaneously.

What is the WGIP budget and who is funding it?
The WGIP has been costed at $75 million. Please see below list of the funding partners:

  • State Government $30 million
  • Federal Government $30 million
  • Cricket Australia $4 million
  • WA Cricket Foundation $11 million

The inclusion of the aquatic facility would add a further $25-30 million in funding. 

How will the Members Reserve be impacted by the WGIP construction?
The Members Reserve will not be impacted by the WGIP as construction is on the northern side of the WACA Ground.

Members will continue to have exclusive access to the Lillee Marsh Stand, the air-conditioned comfort of the Boundary Room and Long Bar and seating in front of the Players pavilion.

The South West Pavilion next to the Lillee Marsh Stand will be upgraded with food and beverage facilities to host the public.

How does the WGIP impact membership?
The WGIP will value add to WACA membership by producing a sustainable community and sporting hub, creating a year-round destination for Members and the community.

The new facility will include a 7 day a week café, new and improved museum, community health club, community sports medicine and rehabilitation centre, potentially including an afterhours GP, a 10 lane indoor cricket and multi-sport facility, an all ability playground and sensory rooms.

The WGIP will deliver new, state-of-the-art high performance facilities for the Men’s and Women’s elite teams including a gym, match day change rooms and recovery facilities.

These high-performance amenities will also be available for use by pathway players and community cricketers.

The WACA will continue to review and improve all membership benefits once the new facilities are completed.

Current benefits include discount on food and beverage at the WACA Ground, discounted merchandise and facility hire fees, complimentary WACA Ground tours, exclusive Members news and announcements.

What other sports/events will be hosted at the WACA Ground and will WACA Membership include access to those games?
The oval lengthening works to the WACA Ground will enable Australian Rules football and other sports to be played at the WACA Ground.

Currently, WACA Membership provides for entry to cricket matches played at the WACA Ground and at Optus Stadium.

Access to other sporting matches at the WACA Ground will be considered and determined in due course.

What will the capacity of the improved WACA Ground be?
The WACA Ground will be reduced to a 10,000-capacity venue with an event overlay capacity of 15,000.

Will WGIP impact WACA’s ability to host Test Matches between non-Tier 1 touring nations?
The WACA Ground will maintain its ICC Accreditation and be able to host all non-tier 1 touring nations.

Will the WACA relinquish any land ownership through WGIP?
The Western Australian Cricket Association Limited owns all the WACA Ground land freehold.

There is no sale of land as part of the WGIP and the WACA will retain all land ownership.

What facilities will be included in the WGIP?
The WGIP will include the following facilities:

  • 10-lane indoor cricket and multi-sport facility
  • New, central pavilion with food and beverage outlet
  • Multi-purpose function centre with outside deck and seating overlooking the WACA Ground
  • Dedicated high performance facilities for elite players, including gym, change rooms and recovery facilities
  • Community Health Club
  • Public cafe
  • Auditorium and multi-purpose meeting rooms that will be available for community use
  • Lengthening of the oval to accommodate Australian Rules Football matches and other sports
  • Reinvigorated Museum that honours the rich history of the Ground
  • Community sports medicine and rehabilitation centre, potentially including an afterhours GP
  • Provision of new office amenities for WACA staff
  • Sensory room
  • All abilities playground (TBC)
  • Childcare facility (TBC)
  • An aquatic facility, including a 50-metre pool, learn to swim pool and water leisure slides (TBC). 

Which of these facilities will be available for Members?
All facilities will be available to Members, depending on Members membership category.

Which facilities will be available for the community?
The public café, function and event centre, community health club, community sports medicine centre, museum, all abilities playground, sensory rooms, and aquatic facility will be available for community use.

Who will manage the new facilities?
The WACA will continue to manage the WACA Ground which will be home to the WACA administration, Members services, community cricket and high-performance businesses.

The WACA will also operate the café and continue to operate all food and beverage operations.

The community health club will be operated, on behalf the WACA, under a management agreement by an external provider.

The management of aquatic facilities, if included, is yet to be determined.

How many people will the new stand seat?
The WGIP is not a replacement of the Inverarity and Prindiville Stands. It is the new sustainable community and sporting hub that is home to WACA administration, high performance centre and the community facilities.

The new northern perimeter lower bowl will seat up to 2,500 people and Level 3 will have the capacity for up to 500 seats.

Will the Members Reserve be moved to the new stand?
Members will continue to have access to the whole ground.

Once the Ground Improvements are complete the Members will have the opportunity to determine where the Members Reserve will be located on match days.

What portion of my Membership is paying for the WGIP?
Your Membership supports cricket in WA, and we thank you for your continued support.

The WGIP has been funded with financial contributions from the Federal Government, the State Government, Cricket Australia, and the WA Cricket Foundation.

Will parking available at the WACA Ground?
There will be limited parking at the WACA Ground. 

Which gate will Members use to enter the Ground during construction?
Gate 8 will be the main entrance during construction.

Where will the Membership Service desk be?
The Members service and WACA reception will be located at Gate 8 during construction.

A Member Service Desk will continue to be located in the Boundary Room.

Will the turf be upgraded?
The turf upgrade is not part of the scope of the WGIP. WGIP scope includes oval lengthening only. 

Will there be an upgrade to the current Members Reserve/Boundary Room as part of this project?
Works are currently being conducted to freshen up the Members Reserve including an upgrade of the South West Pavilion.

Will the cost of Membership reduction during construction?
Cricket content will continue to be hosted a the WACA Ground during construction.

Further, the Members Reserve will not be impacted and only Members will have access to the Lillee Marsh Stand and the air-conditioned comfort of the Boundary Room and Long Bar. As such, Membership costs will not be reduced.