Australia news June 16, 2017

Perth Ashes tickets to go belatedly on sale

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The WACA will host one final Ashes Test before major matches are moved to Perth's new Burswood stadium © Getty Images

Tickets for the Perth Ashes Test will belatedly go on sale at the end of July after unsuccessful efforts to have the match staged at the city's new multi-purpose stadium rather than the unpopular WACA Ground.

As recently as May, CA's chief executive James Sutherland had expressed hope that the match could be played at the new stadium located in Burswood, but cricket administrators admitted defeat after meetings with stadium management and the Western Australian government.

That left tickets to be organised for the WACA instead, which has hosted Ashes matches dating back to the ground's very first Test in 1970-71. "The Perth Test holds a special place in the summer of cricket and in an Ashes year we are expecting capacity crowds at the WACA throughout the Test," Sutherland said.

"We know that many fans, both in Western Australia and abroad, are eagerly awaiting this Test and are keen to secure their place so we are pleased to be announcing an on-sale date for tickets to the match.

"Given the strong demand we expect to see for this match we urge people to purchase their tickets early to avoid disappointment, and only purchase from the official ticket agency to ensure they obtain a valid ticket for the official ticket price."

Christina Matthews, the WACA chief executive, said the match now afforded the opportunity to celebrate the ground's Ashes history. "There is a rich history and tradition for Western Australians associated with attending the Ashes Test matches at the WACA Ground, with plenty of wonderful memories along the way," she said.

"This summer's Test represents a unique opportunity to celebrate one final Ashes Test match at the WACA Ground. We anticipate tickets will be in high demand as fans will want to secure their piece of history, so we encourage people to purchase their tickets early to avoid disappointment."

Tickets will be on sale to preregistered fans on July 31, then WACA members from August 3 and the general public from August 4.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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  • smudgeon on June 19, 2017, 11:07 GMT

    I've never had the pleasure of watching cricket live at the WACA, but I had a friend once tell me "Everyone loves the WACA until they actually go there". Whatever the case may be, it is an iconic ground and sad to see it's status diminish. At the very least, CA are promising to play some Tests there (excepting Ashes and "high profile" series) and I imagine that we'll still see some domestic cricket there (BBL?). I'd like to see the WACA play host to a winter series (either full Tests or an A series). Must be the only ICC accredited ground that the AFL don't have their hooks in...

  • Cantbat_cantbowl on June 18, 2017, 1:27 GMT

    The WACA lost its heart and soul when the powers that be decided to start using drop in pitches, now instead of fast and bouncy we have low and slow which has lead to run fests and boring draws. In my opinion we should have dedicated cricket grounds with permanent pitches and the Aussie rules crowd should have their own fields without.

  • Zenodotos on June 18, 2017, 1:26 GMT

    The WACA is "unpopular" with who? I was at the WACA as recently as the last test between Aus and RSA. It is a terrific venue for watching cricket with almost 50 years of history. You know you're at the WACA when you look over to the old scoreboard on the hill and out of the ground at the Swan River winding past. The changing wind conditions during the day - especially the Freemantle Doctor - impact the tactics employed on the field. The new stadium is a characterless, soulless, generic, biscuit-tin shaped thing that once inside would give you know clue as to where you were. The environmental factors that come into play at the WACA are all shut out. It is just another stereotypical stadium that could be anywhere in the world. Anyone who gets tickets to the last Ashes test to be played on the famous WACA ground will be glad they were there.

  • Peter_The_Average on June 16, 2017, 18:18 GMT

    I would hold off getting tickets too. The WACA is unpopular, it has a dull lifeless wicket and the crowd facilities are are like something from 1990, a pity the pitch isn't.

  • cricfan2429992157 on June 16, 2017, 15:14 GMT

    I guess "Cricket" loosing shape

  • IzziD on June 16, 2017, 13:07 GMT

    Before I purchase my tickets for the ashes with my hard earned money I want to make sure that there will be an Australian cricket team come 1st July 2017. With the pay dispute between the ACA and CA in deadlock and still dragging on there is no guarantee that it will be settled before the Ashes begins in November. With Australia's top cricketers like Warner, Smith, Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins threatening to boycott the ashes if their demands are not met I won't be wasting my money to watch a depleted and makeshift Australian cricket team competing and losing to the poms. Also favouritism towards certain cricketers who have been tried, tested and failed over and over again has been the bane of Aussie cricket in recent years and Australia has suffered heavy losses in Sri Lanka, India, South Africa, NZ and in the Champions Trophy. As I don't like to get ripped off my hard earned money I have decided to wait until the last minute to purchase my tickets for the fothcoming ashes.

  • Jay Gadsdon on June 16, 2017, 12:37 GMT

    To be honest with you Speng im in WA and theres not much context about the new stadium on the news i do know the clay content for the new stadium is the same as the original strip. A few months ago it was where expecting sell-out crowds at the new stadium some sections maybe missing like adelaide oval. It really is a joke

  • Speng on June 16, 2017, 11:43 GMT

    Yeah this article is missing a lot of context for non-AUS readers. WACA has been a great ground for AUS over the years so hopefully the new one has the "pace like fire".

  • 200ondebut on June 16, 2017, 11:28 GMT

    Not sure why the author has dubbed the WACA as "unpopular". Sure it has some issues - transportation is a bit dodgy as are the bars and catering option - but it is an iconic ground

  • Jay Gadsdon on June 16, 2017, 7:40 GMT

    @cricmystique western australia or WA means wait awhile. Also its the soil from down south that was the original WACA ground soil. I just dont know about the windctho very enclosed stadium from the outside

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