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    WACA, Perth Stadium to share cricket

    The West Australian
    September 3, 2015, 10:59 am


    Cricket will be shared between the WACA and the new Perth Stadium and the WACA ground will be upgraded under a new plan revealed by the WACA today.

    Unveiling the WACA Vision 2030 blueprint, chairman Sam Gannon said the WACA would be developed into a modern, boutique stadium.

    The blueprint is the result of a wide-ranging investigation over 14 months by a WACA board appointed committee.

    Mr Gannon said the WACA endorsed the key recommendations of the Vision 2030 report to share cricket between the WACA Ground and Perth Stadium.

    Tests and One Day Internationals with England, South Africa and India and all BBL will be played at Perth Stadium.

    All other Tests, One Day Internationals and Sheffield Shield matches will stay at the WACA Ground.

    The WACA will be upgraded to have a permanent capacity of up to 15,000 people.

    It will include new stands and more shade for spectators, new dedicated player facilities and high performance training facilities.

    The flexibility for co-location of the Western Australian Football Commission at the WACA Ground.

    Mr Gannon said that the development of the WACA Ground, estimated to be between $150 million and $200 million depending on the final design, would transform cricket in WA and secure its future as a major participation and spectator sport.

    “The recommendations will see growth of cricket at all levels from grassroots to the elite,” Mr Gannon said.

    “We now have the opportunity to showcase the best of world and domestic cricket at two modern stadiums, providing players and spectators with facilities expected for modern sport.

    “Cricket patrons in Western Australia acknowledge that the WACA Ground facilities need improving and the WACA Board has committed to a clear framework to invest in upgrades and ensure the ongoing viability of the WACA Ground and cricket in Western Australia.

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa...share-cricket/

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    Quote Originally Posted by The InnFORCEr View Post
    The West Australian
    September 3, 2015, 10:59 am
    Unveiling the WACA Vision 2030 blueprint, chairman Sam Gannon said the WACA would be developed into a modern, boutique stadium...
    ...All other Tests, One Day Internationals and Sheffield Shield matches will stay at the WACA Ground.
    Yep, that all sounds likely, major investment into the WACA so it can host 90% of the matches that will make financial losses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralto View Post
    Yep, that all sounds likely, major investment into the WACA so it can host 90% of the matches that will make financial losses.
    I can see why Lillee lost his temper

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    Yeah, not sure how the logic goes when they say that they have to act to ensure the WACA doesn't deteriorate to the point where international cricket is not viable there, so the thing to do is spend a couple of hundred million on it and not play any international cricket there...

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    Ashes most likely to open new stadium

    Ashes Test cricket looms as the sport most likely to open the Perth Stadium at Burswood, with construction of the $1.4 billion project months ahead of schedule and on track to be finished well before the end of 2017.

    Perth will host an Ashes Test in November or December 2017 and a decision will be made by the end of next year on whether to hold the Test match at the WACA Ground or to launch the new stadium.

    The West Australian understands construction is four months ahead of schedule, with grandstands on the western side of the stadium already climbing to three tiers. The faster-than-expected progress has prompted talks about bringing forward a deal between the WA Cricket Association and the State Government to play Tests against England, South Africa and India at the stadium.

    The deal is scheduled to start in 2018-19.

    The Government has had a conservative completion date of early 2018, in time for the AFL season, but it is highly probable it will be finished well before then.

    The Government and the WACA said yesterday it was too early to confirm the venue for the 2017 Ashes Test, but both expressed interest in playing the game at Burswood “if possible”.

    Premier Colin Barnett said he understood Cricket Australia had written to the “stadium team” asking about the venue’s availability. “Although it is too early to know for certain whether the stadium will be ready ahead of schedule, it would be terrific for Perth if that was the case,” he said.

    WACA chief executive Christina Matthews said the WACA had been asked if it would be open to playing the 2017 Ashes Test match at the new stadium and the answer was “yes, we are interested”.

    “Our arrangement starts in 2018-19 and we would have to come to a separate arrangement for any games in 2017-18,” Ms Matthews said.

    “There is no doubt that we are interested if there was an opportunity ... but as you can imagine there is a lot of stuff we have to make sure is correct.

    “We are still 21/2 years away from the scheduled opening, so there is a lot of water to go under the bridge.”

    Ms Matthews said the WACA would need to know the stadium’s likely completion date before the end of next year.

    “We have to announce the Ashes schedule, we have to put tickets on sale and we have to know what that would look like at a new stadium but who wouldn’t love to be the opening event event there,” she said.

    The boost to tourism and for cricket fans would be “massive”.

    “That is what the real driver is,” Ms Matthews said. “We know that the next Ashes series is going to be another cracker as we try to reclaim them, so to give more people than ever before the opportunity to watch an Ashes Test would be outstanding.

    “It would be sad to not have a last Ashes match here (at the WACA) but it does fit in with the arrangements we have made with the Government, which is to have England, India and South Africa being the countries that would play Tests at that new stadium.”

    Ms Matthews said many England fans travelled to Australia to watch an Ashes series. A bigger stadium would allow more visitors and locals to watch the match.

    “What we have never been able to do, and what Cricket Australia would be very happy that we will be able to do in the future, is to be able to provide enough tickets for the demand they have for the Perth Test from England,” she said.

    “They don’t come because there is not enough tickets. The tourism benefit to have an Ashes test at the new stadium is, I think, beyond everybody’s wildest dreams.

    “As I now know having come from the east coast, you save six hours from England by coming to Perth first. A lot come for the Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Tests, so if they can add Perth in that would be a bonus.

    “The increase in tourism would be outstanding. Local fans, too,” Ms Matthews said.

    “We sell out four days of an Ashes Test very quickly and to give more people the chance to be part of the event would be fantastic.”

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sp...d-of-schedule/

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    Probably the best way to start. Probably also about the one event that might tempt me there to have a look.

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    So if the stadium is 4 months ahead of schedule, why did they write to me a month or so ago about having construction continue on Sundays to finish the project on schedule?

    That would mean that they've done 4 months work in 4 Sundays!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheikh View Post
    So if the stadium is 4 months ahead of schedule, why did they write to me a month or so ago about having construction continue on Sundays to finish the project on schedule?

    That would mean that they've done 4 months work in 4 Sundays!
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