Optus Stadium “transformation” planned ahead of December test match

Julian Miller
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Julian Miller
07/11/2023
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Optus Stadium will add “The Hill” and other features to attract more fans.

In an effort to attract new fans, “West Test” organisers are planning minor changes to the Optus Stadium layout, including adding a hill. 

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  • The Western Australian Cricket Association has announced planned changes to Optus Stadium.
  • Four bays of seats will be replaced by ‘The West Test Hill’.
  • This move is seen as seeking to address recent poor cricket attendances in Perth.
  • Fans will be asked to #FillTheHill for matches against Pakistan in December.

“West Test” cricket organisers are planning on transforming Perth’s Optus Stadium ahead of this December’s match against Pakistan. The major change cricket fans should expect is the addition of a hill. This move comes after Optus Stadium experienced poor fan attendance in a match against the West Indies a year ago.   

Attracting fans a major issue for WA Cricket 

Perth’s Optus Stadium is one of the most impressive venues Australia has to offer. Despite this being the case, it has not proved to be one cricket fans seem to enjoy that much.  
 
The 60,000-seat stadium saw less than 50,000 fans turn up for last year’s test matches against the West Indies. Generally speaking, Optus Stadium does not sell out for cricket outside of marquee matchups against such as England and India.  
 
With Pakistan coming to Perth this December as a part of the Western Australian Cricket Association’s “West Test” series, event organisers needed to make big changes. To attract more fans.  
 
Changing the layout of Optus Stadium appears to be WA Cricket’s solution to its fan problem. What changes exactly? They are adding a hill. 

#FillTheHill say WA Cricket

As nice as it is, Optus Stadium can definitely be called cavernous. To address this WA Cricket will be removing several sections of seats to add what it is calling ‘The West Test Hill.’ 
 
The hill will feature three tiers and up to 500 patrons at a time. According to WA Cricket, ‘The West Test Hill’ is “Inspired by Test cricket’s rich history at the WACA Ground, with a nod to the world-class Perth Stadium.” 
 
The WACA Ground, which itself features many fan-friendly stadium features, is currently under renovations. WA Cricket expects the WACA Ground to be out of commission until at least late 2025.  
 
WA Cricket go on to say in its statement that “CA has teamed up with NRMA Insurance to prioritise patron comfort and a great event experience, The West Test Hill will include a family area with games for children and ample shaded seating spaces for fans to relax and enjoy the first Test match of the summer.” 
 
It is unclear whether fans will flock to the Optus Stadium like WA Cricket expects. If they do, WA Cricket is asking them to use the rallying call ‘#FillTheHill’.  
 
Fans will be called upon to #FillTheHill and welcome home the ICC World Test Champion Australians when they take on Pakistan from The West Test Hill, to be built across four bays within Perth Stadium,” said WA Cricket. 

What is ‘The West Test’?

The ‘NRMA Insurance West Test' series is a new test cricket series between Australia and other visiting nations. Pakistan will be the Aussies inaugural opponents.  
 
The first test against Pakistan will be played on December 14-18 at Optus Stadium. The second will be at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26-30. The third and final test will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground just after the New Year on January 3-7.  
 
The Australian women's teams test series against South Africa in February will also be played under the ‘West Test’ branding.  

Most sports betting sites have not yet started offering odds for West Test matches. When they do, we here at BettingTop10 will have all the best cricket betting news and guides, and tips so you can make the most of your West Test bets.