Perth Stadium to welcome fans in 2018

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Western Australia’s new world-class stadium and sports precinct will be named Perth Stadium. WA Premier Colin Barnett announced the name this week, and also thanked members of the public for their input.

“We received several suggestions and the overwhelming feedback was that the name should reflect Perth and WA, so I’m delighted with this outcome which capitalizes on the stadium’s tourism value for the state,” Barnett said.

“Having the name of the host city within the name of that city’s most significant big sports grounds is common practice around the world. Think of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Adelaide Oval and the Singapore Sports Hub as very well-known examples.

“The transformation of Perth has been under way for several years now and it’s very exciting that a number of major projects – such as Perth City Link and Elizabeth Quay – are nearing completion. They will collectively put Perth on the national and international tourism map, helping attract visitors and major events to our city.”

Sport and recreation minister Mia Davies said the detailed design development phase of the stadium was now nearing completion.

“The latest digital technology has been utilized to build a virtual model of the stadium, which we are pleased to release today,” Davies said.

“This new animation will be first shown to the crowd at Subiaco who, in a couple of years’ time, will be watching the Eagles and the Dockers play at this fabulous new venue.

“It brings to life the outstanding ‘fans first’ experience that will be delivered at Perth Stadium. This latest model incorporates the design, construction, scheduling and facilities management information and has replaced traditional flat two-dimensional plans.”

Construction of the five-level, 60,000-seat stadium on the Burswood Peninsula is now 25% complete and remains on schedule to open for the start of the 2018 AFL season.

The process to secure the stadium operator is also well under way and the contract is expected to be awarded in early 2016.

August 20, 2015

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