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Wise was personal gardener to Sir George Shenton , of Crawley. In , the WACA ground was officially opened, occupying a site of old swamp land to the east of the city.
The association has a year lease over the land which expires in The long term of the lease means that, effectively, the association has freehold title save that it cannot divest itself of any part of the land without the state government's consent.
However, the latter part of the land was divested to the Trotting Association in the early s. The first match played on the turf wickets took place in February However, difficulties encountered in transporting teams to Western Australia meant that the ground was not part of Australia's main cricket community for many years. Even with the building of a transcontinental railway, the trip from the eastern states still took several days.
It took the introduction of scheduled flights to Western Australia to make the WACA readily accessible to interstate or overseas teams. James Gardiner , president of the WACA for three terms between and , proposed the adoption of 'electorate' cricket as it was first known whereby teams were established on a district basis for competition.
Gardiner led the bid to save the ground and secured a government loan. The WACA ground, like many stadiums of its era, has undergone various re-developments. The most notable are:. These redevelopments also made the venue an attractive venue for sports other than cricket, and it was during the late s and early s that the ground saw its greatest use as a multi-sports venue.
In the late s the ground played host to the Perth Heat in the former Australian Baseball League The capacity of the ground was reduced to around 20, and the dimensions of the playing arena were also decreased by a total of 31 metres at the eastern and western boundaries, meaning Australian rules football could no longer be played at the ground.
From time to time, temporary stands are used to boost the ground's capacity to 24, In , a new video screen was installed at the WACA near the old scoreboard, replacing one of the old temporary screens. Seating capacity was to be increased, with residential and commercial buildings built in the surrounding areas.
Although the project received finance, tax office and members' approval, adverse market conditions were believed to have made the project unfeasible. In November the WACA and Ascot Capital Limited commenced selling apartments in "The Gardens", a planned storey residential complex to be located on the western boundary line of the ground. However, in December the WACA released a statement that it had abandoned the so-called Gardens Development because it was unable to achieve the pre-sales target in order to finance the project.
Cricket Australia said the WACA Ground required significant improvements, given it has the smallest capacity of the five mainland capital city venues.
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