The WACA Ground is a sport stadium located in Perth, Western Australia. This stadium got its name from the initials of its owners and operators, the Western Australian Cricket Association. The first turf wicket at WACA was laid by a gardener called William Henry Wise, who was personal gardener to Sir George Shenton of Crawley; he also laid the first tennis court on the Perth Esplanade. The Ground was officially opened in 1893 and its first match played on the turf wickets in February 1894.
The WACA was Western Australia’s “home of cricket” since the early 1890s. The Ground is the home venue of Western Australia’s first-class cricket team called the Western Warriors and a Women’s National Cricket League side called the Western Fury. The Ground was originally 29 acres before being part sold to the Trotting Association in the early 1920s. 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. A number of other stands have been built and demolished as the WACA Ground evolved. Currently, the WACA Ground is made up of the Inverarity Stand, built to celebrate the first Test match played in 1970, the Prindiville Stand built in 1984, the Lillee Marsh Stand built in 1988 and the Players Pavilion built in 2002.
The WACA ground is 149 meters in length and 139 meters wide and the sitting capacity of 20,592 attendees or 23,859 with temporary seating. The record at the WACA Ground for attending spectators for a Test match is currently 24,175, measured during day one of the Australia vs England Test on the 14th of December, 2016, and 28,211 for a one day international, measured on 16th January 1994 when Australia played against South Africa.
The pitch at the WACA is considered the quickest and bounciest in the world. The afternoon sea breeze which regularly passes through the ground has made the ground an attractive place for pace and swing bowlers. The outfield is exceptionally fast, which has contributed to WACA seeing some very fast scoring games. As of February 2016, four of the nine fastest Test centuries have been scored at the WACA. The WACA has also played host to seven scores of 99 in Test Cricket, which is the most on any ground in the world.
Throughout its history the ground has been used for a range of other sports which includes Australian rules football, international rules football, athletics, rugby league, baseball, soccer and rugby union. However, most of these activities have been moved to other venues. Major rock concert have also been held on ground. The WACA has a cricket museum just next to the ground where visitors can have a memorable and passionate view of Australian cricket. This museum displays not only the history of cricket, but also other sports played at WACA.