The WACA and Cricket Australia reached an agreement with the State Government to ensure about 55,000 seats would be available for the Scorchers’ 2017-18 KFC Big Bash League Semi Final, which will be held as a double-header with a Rebel Women’s Big Bash League Semi Final on Thursday 1 February 2018.

The fixture will commence with the WBBL Semi Final (teams to be confirmed) at 12:10pm AWST, with the BBL Semi Final to follow at 4:40pm AWST. 

Tickets for the Semi Final will go on-sale Thursday 25 January, commencing with Perth Scorchers Members pre-sale at 10am and General Public on-sale at 1pm. Ticketmaster is the only authorised seller of Perth Scorchers tickets.

The decision ensures that a capacity crowd will not only view cricket’s hosting of the first sporting event at WA’s new state of the art venue, with the Gillette One-Day International between Australia and England this Sunday, but also the first official Perth Scorchers match at Optus Stadium.

Cricket will also host the first women’s sporting event at the venue, with the WBBL Semi Final to take place prior to the BBL Semi Final.

WACA CEO Ms Christina Matthews said: “We’re thrilled we’ve been able to work with the Government and VenuesLive to achieve an outcome that’s good for everybody.

“We now look forward to meeting the task of selling out the Semi Final and ensuring the Scorchers – hopefully the Club’s men and women, if the WBBL side qualifies for the post-season – play in front of a capacity crowd.

“Cricket is proud of the role it has played in assisting the Government to open Optus Stadium with the highest quality content, firstly exposing the venue and state to a global audience with the ODI and now securing approval for a capacity crowd for the hugely popular Perth Scorchers Semi Final.

“We also take great pride in being a sport for all Australians and the fact that cricket will host the first women’s sport event at Optus Stadium is a significant achievement.”

The WACA, Cricket Australia and VenuesLive will work together to entice 15,000-20,000 people to arrive at the venue before 3pm through strategies such as offering food and beverage vouchers to the first 15,000 fans, on-field access opportunities and prize packs.