Cricket design and drop-in wicket fact sheet 

Perth Stadium will be a world-class multi-purpose venue capable of hosting a range of events, including cricket.

The commitment to a ‘fans first’ stadium has resulted in an innovative design ensuring an exceptional event atmosphere and home ground advantage that can only be experienced by being there.

The design acknowledges Western Australia’s unique sporting, cultural and Aboriginal heritage and the Stadium Park landscape provides a spectacular vista across the Swan River to the city.

The State Government, Cricket Australia and the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) have agreed that from 2018 Perth Stadium will host Test Matches and Limited Overs Matches with England, South Africa and India plus all Big Bash League Twenty20 matches.
The new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct. Cricket format

Stadium – key cricket features

  • Design meets International Cricket Council standards and requirements.
  • Five drop-in cricket wickets to replicate the character of the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) ground wicket. 
  • Playing surface 177m east:west and 141m north:south.
  • Sight screens positioned to minimise impact on fan views and maximise seating for at least 55,000 fans.
  • State-of-the-art team facilities include an indoor cricket warm-up and practice wicket for each team.
  • Two dedicated Player Viewing Rooms with direct access to changing rooms and playing surface.
  • Secure access from changing rooms to indoor and outdoor practice wickets.
  • Ice baths and spas to maximise player recovery.
  • Media facilities that have the ability to accommodate an increased international contingent for major Tests or limited overs matches.
  • Opportunity to use drop-in seats on east and west boundaries to bring fans closer to the action.

Cricket wicket testing

Drop-in wickets have been used in Australian stadia since 1996 and are currently in use at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Spotless Stadium (Sydney), Etihad Stadium (Melbourne) and Adelaide Oval. 

Since August 2014, Perth Stadium has been working with representatives from the WACA, Cricket Australia and the Perth Stadium construction contractor, Multiplex, on the design of the playing surface and the drop-in cricket wickets.

A prototype drop-in tray and wicket has been developed with the same soil profile and grass as the current WACA ground wicket. This prototype was tested by State Cricket players under match conditions and closely monitored by expert curators and consultants from Cricket Australia and the WACA.

Following the successful completion of the testing phase, five drop-in cricket wickets were produced and the footings installed in the Stadium pitch. The wickets are being stored in the nursery located next to the outdoor practice wickets on the northern side of Perth Stadium.

Testing process

September 2015 - February 2016

  • Installation of tray and turf soil.
  • Preparation of the wicket for first testing phase.

February - March 2016

  • Prepare drop-in wicket to meet the necessary requirements for a Test Match and One Day International match.
  • Test and monitor pitch performance by replicating conditions for both a Test Match and a One Day International match.

Early 2017

  • Installation of the wicket footings on the Perth Stadium pitch.
  • Wickets stored in nursery. 
drop in cricket wicket prototype
Image above shows the Perth Stadium drop-in cricket wicket prototype in September 2015.