This wasn’t the only record broken by the sport at the new world-class venue. The ODI became the largest ever ticketed sporting event to be held in Western Australia with 53,781 fans in attendance, marking an exciting new era for cricket in the state.
Four days later another record was broken, with the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League Semi Final marking the first ever women’s sporting match to be played at Optus Stadium. The Perth Scorchers secured a home W/BBL Semi Final on Thursday 1 February, which also saw the first KFC Big Bash League match played at the new stadium.
The milestones followed more than four years of close collaboration between the WA State Government, WACA and Cricket Australia.
Cricket Australia (CA) and the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) heaped praise on all of those who brought the match to fruition, as fans who filled the stadium to capacity followed the highs and lows of the match.
Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland said it was a privilege for Cricket to be the first sporting event held at the stadium.
“We’re extremely grateful to all the fans who turned out to watch history being made. The facilities are truly world-class and Optus Stadium really puts Perth on the map to hold more international events,” said Mr Sutherland.
“For cricket to host the first sporting event at Perth Stadium is a huge honour for our sport. It’s also very exciting that we sold-out the Big Bash Semi Final.”
“In addition to the fans, thanks must also go to the Government of Western Australia, Optus Stadium and the Western Australian Cricket Association for working tirelessly to allow bring the ODI to life. We’re very much looking forward to hosting more cricket content here in the future,” he concluded.
WACA CEO Ms Christina Matthews said the hosting of the ODI and Big Bash Semi Final at Optus Stadium marked an incredible moment for cricket in WA.
“We sincerely thank the WA State Government, Optus Stadium and Cricket Australia for their incredible efforts in ensuring the Stadium’s readiness,” Ms Matthews said.
“It was a privilege for cricket to be the first sporting event to be held at Perth’s new world-class venue and to see the sport break so many records across attendance and women’s sport is something I’m extremely proud of.”