WACA Redevelopment Finally Set To Go Ahead
The WACA Ground redevelopment will finally go ahead after the federal government contributed $30 million to the project.
The iconic WACA is set to be transformed into a multi-sport boutique venue with a capacity of about 10,000.
The WACA revealed details of its $75m redevelopment plan in March, but it needed huge government support at both federal and state level for it to go ahead.
The contribution from Canberra will allow the WACA to proceed with the early stages of the redevelopment.
Cricket Australia has contributed $4m and the WACA hopes to raise another $10m from the WA Cricket Foundation.
The WACA hopes the rest of the money will come via the WA state government, who have expressed a willingness to put forward a sum now that the federal government has committed to the project.
Australia cricket coach and West Australian legend Justin Langer was thrilled with the news.
"I've never been shy about declaring how much I love the WACA Ground and the role it's played in my career," he said.
"But it's not just about history, now we can look to the future and know the WACA Ground can continue to be a place where memories are made.
"Thank you to the Federal Government for going in to bat for the WACA."
The WACA has endured numerous false starts in its redevelopment plans over the past 12 years.
The most ambitious was the $250m redevelopment plan that would have included two 17-storey apartment blocks and a shopping district.
The arrival of the 60,000-seat Optus Stadium means the WACA will no longer host high-drawing cricket matches such as most Tests, ODIs and T20s, and BBL fixtures.
But the WACA will still play an important role in hosting Sheffield Shield matches, women's cricket, and low-drawing internationals.
"Much like Langer and Lillee, the WACA Ground defines the history of cricket in WA," Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts said.
"Today's announcement is an historic moment for the WACA Ground and very significant for Australian Cricket.
"This investment will revitalise the WACA Ground and ensure that it will continue to serve as the home of cricket in WA for many years to come."
The venue also hopes to attract WAFL fixtures.