Iconic Perth stadium to host Ashes one last time

May 17, 2017 by  

Just before tickets went on sale this month, news broke that Perth’s newest sporting acquisition, the Perth Stadium, would not be finished in time for the Ashes test that begins on December 14.

However, this is good news for the iconic WACA stadium and those who enjoy its charm, because it will now be able to host this famous match one final time.

The WACA stadium has had a long, successful cricketing history against England, and fans of the Aussie cricket team will hope its final hosting of the Ashes will continue the stadium’s steady luck for Australia. Since the WACA Stadium opened in 1970, Australia and England have met there 13 times, with Australia winning nine times, and England winning only once, in 1978. The other three matches ended in draws.

The first event for the new 60,000 seat stadium in Burswood will be a concert by Ed Sheeran in March. The British singer is expected to draw huge crowds, and there will be opportunities for local printing services in the form of merchandise and promotional products for the stadium.

While the original date for completion of the new stadium had been planned for the start of next year’s AFL season, WA Sport Minister Mick Murray is hopeful that it might be earlier, perhaps in time for the ODI between Australia and England on January 28.