W.A.C.A Ground (Perth)
The WACA Ground is located in Perth, Western Australia.
The WACA Ground is located in Perth, Western Australia. The stadium is owned and operated by Western Australian Cricket Association and was built on an old swamp land. Despite being mainly known as a cricket ground, the WACA has hosted soccer, AFL and rugby games.
The ground was officially opened in 1893 with the first match played on the turf wickets a year later in 1894. However, only after the resolution of transport issues, did WACA become an integral part of Australia's cricket community. The first Test match was played at this venue in 1970-71.
The WACA witnessed a record crowd when Australia played South Africa in 1994. The stadium underwent redevelopment work in 2002 during which, a new small grandstand and players' pavilion was constructed, playing area was shrunk, older seats were replaced with new ones, and seats with grass hills were replaced on each side.
The redevelopment work was undertaken by the authorities for fiscal prudence and it led to a decrease in the seating capacity at the stadium. Despite the capacity of the stadium being 20,000, 24,500 spectators can be accommodated for big events using temporary seating.
The WACA is home to the state cricket team, Western Warriors, the state women’s side Western Fury and the Big Bash franchise, Perth Scorchers. The Perth wicket is considered one of the fastest in the world, but the past few years have seen a flattening out of the traditionally hard WACA surface.