Australia’s sporting history is long and proud, and when it comes to cricket, the WACA is a national icon. Over the decades it’s been the stage for a host of historic sporting moments, both local and international. With a capacity of 22,000 attendees, century celebrations are wild, to say the least. In addition to its iconic cricket showdowns, the WACA is also a popular venue for corporate hospitality days, functions and other events.
For Perth visitors wanting to experience a true blue sporting event, scoring tickets to a WACA game is a must. The ground is home to a handful of teams, including first-class squad the Western Warriors. It also hosts international events, with 2006’s Australia v England Test Day One attracting record attendance. While the stadium design itself is relatively orthodox, the WACA pitch is renowned as being one of the fastest and bounciest in the world.
The WACA is located to the east of Perth CBD, on Nelson Crescent. The city’s free Central Area Transit (CAT) bus network stops outside the grounds, with the WACA also offering free shuttle services for select matches. From the city centre, the WACA is an 8-minute drive or a 30-minute walk.
The ground was officially opened in 1893 and has been the state’s undisputed home of cricket ever since. It’s a long-time favourite with pace and swing bowlers, thanks to the fact that every afternoon the “Fremantle Doctor” sea breeze rolls in like clockwork. Combined with the ultra-fast pitch, the WACA creates ideal conditions.