Australian Sports Minister Mia Davies joined members of the Sports Fans User Group to inspect the first of 60,000 seats that will be installed at the new Perth Stadium. The seat design and colors were selected following 18 months of consultation and testing.
“The seat color and design had to be durable for the unique Western Australian climate, be visually appealing, comfortable, not impact on on-field performance and offer contrast to the colors of our home teams,” explained Davies.
“Seat comfort is an important factor and feedback from the Sports Fans User Group was hugely valuable during the design selection process.
“The seats are 50cm wide with rubber cup holders that will be located on the back of every seat, adding to the ‘fans first’ experience. To put their size into context, one new seat at Perth Stadium is about as wide as two bench seats at Domain Stadium – so fans will notice a significant difference when they come to watch a football game or cricket match in 2018.”
The seat colors were also an important consideration and the selected natural colors complement the overall design. The sports that will be hosted in the stadium were also considered – for example, when cricket matches are played in the stadium, specific seat colors can significantly impact a fielder’s ability to sight the ball against the backdrop of the seats.
Western Australian Cricket Association chief executive officer Christina Matthews said she was very pleased with the outcome and said it would enhance the match-day experience for fans and players.
Seats are being supplied by Bluecube with installation of seating brackets and seats to be undertaken by local workers. More than 50% of the concrete seating platforms that the seat brackets will be fixed to have been installed. Full seat installation will start in early 2017.
Construction of Perth Stadium is currently just over 40% complete and the venue is on schedule to open in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season.
April 28, 2016