The procurement process to appoint an operator responsible for the day-to-day management of the 60,000-seat new Perth Stadium is under way, with the successful candidate expected to be in place by early 2016.
Sport and recreation minister Mia Davies said Expressions of Interest (EOI) were now invited from suitably qualified and experienced stadium operators. “Providing an exceptional ‘fans first’ experience has been a key goal for this world-class structure from the very start and the operator will play a pivotal role in the delivery of this mandate from the first day of operations.”
The operator will manage a range of activities in the stadium and sports precinct including events and functions, catering, cleaning, waste management, security, traffic management and ticketing.
“The successful respondent will be on board in early 2016, more than two years before opening, scheduled for the start of the 2018 Australian Football League season,” continued Davies. “The operator will maximise the number of events and functions at the venue, providing a year-round program of activity that ultimately delivers a range of benefits to the taxpayer.”
Once EOI responses are reviewed, short-listed respondents will be provided with Request for Proposals documentation, detailing specifications to be addressed in any bid responses.
The operator will work closely with facilities manager, Brookfield Johnson Controls, which was appointed as part of the Westadium consortium in August 2014. It will be responsible for ensuring the infrastructure remains in optimum condition and fit for stadium operations.
Construction of the stadium started on schedule in December and will be completed by the end of 2017.