Since the 1890s the Western Australian Cricket Association Ground, or the WACA Ground, has been the home of cricket in Western Australia. The historical pitch has a reputation as being one of the fastest and bounciest in the world, and is known for exceptionally fast outfield. For cricket-lovers and general sports enthusiasts the WACA Grounds are an interesting spot to visit on a trip to Perth, and an ideal location to learn about the unique history of the venue through tours and an onsite museum.
What can you see at the WACA?
- Tours – For cricket enthusiasts, a tour of the WACA Grounds is an ideal way to get a more in-depth look at the venue and learn more about its unique history. The tours, led by expert historians and cricket lovers, run twice a day and cover a large portion of the WACA Grounds, including the changing rooms, membership areas and even an occasional walk in the outfields. There is also a gift shop on site where visitors can purchase something to help memorialise their trip to the WACA Grounds. Tour times will vary depending on the day, and do not run on weekends, public holidays or match days.
- Museum – The WACA Museum, located on the grounds of the WACA itself, is a sporting museum dedicated both to the history of the WACA Grounds and cricket in the state. The museum is filled with historical items and objects that cricket enthusiasts are sure to appreciate, including medals and trophies, memorabilia and personal items from players of the past. The museum offers insight into the history of the WACA Grounds, as well as the exceptional sporting moments that have taken place there.
- Matches – One of the best ways to experience the thrill of the WACA Grounds is of course to see a match. Cricket matches are generally held in the summer months from Novemeber to February, consisting of both domestic and international events; while AFL games can be seen in the other months. Seeing a match at the WACA Grounds allows visitors not just to learn about the history of the grounds, but to truly experience the atmosphere to the historical field when filled with spectators. Tickets for the matches can be purchased online in advance, and details about who is playing and when can also be found online.
|Concession & Children (< 15 years)||$3|
|Children under 5||FREE|
Museum and Tour
|Children (< 15 years)||$5|
|Children (< 5 years)||FREE|
- Bookings – When it comes to tours and visiting the museum, there is no need to make a booking in advance unless you’re planning to visit in a large group of ten people or more. However, if you’re looking to see a match at the WACA Grounds, bookings in advance are absolutely necessary. The WACA Grounds are reasonably small by comparison to other professional grounds, and seats sell out very fast.
- Sunscreen – For those planning to see a match at the WACA Grounds during the day, applying sunscreen is highly recommended. Although parts of the WACA Grounds seating is shaded, sections of it are not and this can easily lead to serious sunburn cases.
- Eating and Drinking – There are food and drink venues located within the WACA Ground area for the convenience of visitors, but during matches, lines for these can be very long and may result in visitors missing out on parts of the match. You can bring your own food and beverages, but there are specific rules governing what can and can’t be brought into the WACA Grounds, particularly when it comes to cans, bottles and containers.
- Car: There are a number of permanent parking facilities with easy access to the WACA Ground operated by the city of Perth. Fees for parking can be found here, but on match days public transport is recommended.
- Bus: To get to the WACA Ground from Perth CBD catch either the 32, 33, 36, 37, 39, 40, 70, 72, 75, 106, 288 buses, or take the free Yellow CAT to the grounds.
The WACA, as in the Western Australian Cricket Association, was officially started on the 25th of November 1885 with Mr JCH James as President. The WACA Ground was opened in 1893, and the first match was played on the turf in February of 1894.
The first grandstand was built at the WACA Ground in 1895, and had room for 500 people. It also contained four dressing rooms, two bathrooms, a dining room and bars for members. Since then a number of other stands have been built, and demolished, as the WACA Ground evolved. Currently, the WACA Ground consists of the Inverarity Stand, built in 1970 to celebrate the first Test match played, the Prindiville Stand, built in 1984, the Lillee Marsh Stand, built in 1988 and the Players Pavilion, built in 2002.
One notable restructure of the WACA Ground occurred in 1985 when the oval was completed redone, with 20,000 tonnes of soil being removed. This process meant that new wickets could be laid, and 22,000 tonnes of new soil could be put in.
- The WACA Ground only has a capacity of 20,000 people, but this can be increased to 24,500 for popular matches.
- The WACA Ground is 149 metres long and 139 metres wide.
- The record for attending spectators at the WACA Ground is currently 24,175 for a test match, measured during day one of the Australia v. England test on 14th December 2006, and 28,211 for a one day international, measured on 16th January 1994 when Australia played South Africa.