The iconic WACA ground at Perth will host an international game for one last time on December 14 as Perth Stadium is announced as the venue for 5th ODI between Australia and England on January 28.
Perth Stadium, also known as Optus Stadium having a capacity of 55000 will open on December 13, 2017, and will be the preferred venue for hosting matches in Perth. WACA will continue to host BBL matches this season.
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said in a media release: “It is a great pleasure to be here today in Perth to make this announcement alongside the WA Government and the WACA. For Cricket to host the first major sporting event at Perth Stadium is a huge honor for our sport, and given it’s an Australia-England fixture, we are confident that will be able to celebrate history being made with a sold-out stadium.
“Thanks must go to the WA Government, VenuesLive and the WACA for working hard to enable this to happen. The stadium is simply state-of-the-art, and a magnificent asset for the state and WA sports fans.
“We very much look forward to bringing the excitement of an Australia-England One-Day International to Perth Stadium on 28 January.”
WACA CEO Ms Christina Matthews said: “We’re extremely excited to be the first sport and first major event at Perth Stadium, which comes after close collaboration with the WA State Government and Cricket Australia to ensure a world-class fan-first cricket experience at the new venue.
“Not only will we be able to reach a larger live audience through increased capacity, the ODI will showcase the new stadium to a large global televised audience. Playing a final Ashes Test and regular BBL matches at the WACA Ground and passing the torch to Perth Stadium with an England ODI, is a fitting way to start a new chapter in WA’s cricket tale.”
After the Ashes, England plays 5 ODI”S against Australia before the first ever historic T20 tri-series involving New Zealand as the third team.
– by Atharva Apte