WACA to shift international matches to new Perth Stadium
West Australia Cricket Association has unveiled a plan for a boutique stadium at Burswood, Perth to shift all types of cricket matches from WACA Stadium. The name of the new stadium will be Perth Stadium under the Association’s Vision 2030 blueprint.
With this development, the old WACA Stadium in Perth will get less international cricket as the upcoming Test series against India, England and South Africa “are to be moved to the new stadium at Burswood.” The new $1.2 billion stadia will be completed by 2018 and have a 60,000 seat capacity.
Cricket Australia in its website also said the old WACA stadium will be renovated into a boutique stadium, which will take $150 million, that will have the capacity to hold 15000 to 20000 spectators.
West Australia Cricket Association has also said that the WACA will host more Sheffield Shield and West Australia football League matches less Test and One Day international matches, but not involving India, England and South Africa.
WACA President Dennis Lillee is unhappy with the treatment to WACA. He resigned following the release of Vision 2030 blueprint.
“I cannot stand by and watch what is happening at the WACA,” Lillee told the West Australian.
“I do not wish to be part of it any longer.”
WACA chairman Sam Gannon said, “redeveloping the WACA into a boutique ground – and moving blockbuster matches to the new Burswood stadium was critical for the survival of the WACA Ground”.
Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said, “We now have the opportunity to showcase the best of the world and domestic cricket at two modern stadiums, providing players and spectators with facilities expected for modern sport.”
He further said, “having two world-class grounds will be a tremendous boost for Australian and Western Australia Cricket.”
The WACA may turn into a football stadium when this speculation is rising, WACA chief executive Christina Mathews said.
WACA chief executive Christina Matthews predicted it would take about 10 years to complete all stages of the redevelopment.
Matthews guaranteed the iconic WACA pitches wouldn’t be dug up to accommodate football being played at the ground.
And she said plans would soon be in place to develop a drop-in pitch for the new Perth Stadium that would replicate the unique characteristics of the fast and bouncy WACA wicket.