Advocacy in Action - Perth Stadium Tour

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Last Friday members of the Reshaping Working Group with Committee for Perth Directors and staff undertook a visit to Perth Stadium. The Committee has been long-time supporters for the establishment of a world-class, multi-purpose stadium that serves Perth’s future sporting and event needs so we were keen to see it in its final stages of construction and fit-out.

With an expected completion date of early 2018, it is clear that the project is on track. The stadium will cater for more than 60,000 people and will host an array of sporting and entertainment events such as AFL, rugby league and union, soccer, cricket, athletics and concerts, as well as outdoor movies, children’s plays and concerts in the Stadium Park.

Project Director Ronnie Hurst briefed us on the flexible seating and configuration options to allow a variety of uses. It is clear that the user groups involved from the early stages of the project have made positive contributions to the design and functionality. Perth Stadium will include seven universal access toilets, three changing places, wheelchair options on all levels, flexible seating for carers and guests, and 14 lifts throughout the stadium complex. Children will have multiple options for play including a mini-oval and a nature play area, offering facilities for different age groups.

Hospitality venues abound and will provide everything from fast food through to quality dining options. Perth Stadium won’t just be a place of action on event days. On non-event days, the stadium will offer its facilities for conferences, functions and meetings. As well as this, two restaurants along the western entrance will operate on both event and non-event days. The former Burswood Golf Course clubhouse and function rooms are planned to be repurposed to include a microbrewery, bar and restaurant.

Players will enjoy state-of-the-art change rooms and warm up spaces and the coaches’ boxes are vast, as well as being more visible. The media will also have great facilities to broadcast from.

Most importantly, it is the fan first philosophy that will make Perth Stadium one of the southern hemisphere’s great places to watch sport or attend a concert. Our group were impressed with the seating, sight lines and range of products, as well as the well thought out placement and range of facilities and services on offer.

Getting to the stadium for most of us is going to be by using public transport. The new, fully inclusive Perth Stadium Station has three platforms connecting the new stadium to the Armadale, Fremantle and Joondalup lines, with all island platforms covered and accessible by both lifts and stairs.

The public transport system will transport 83% of a capacity crowd within the hour of an event finishing, with the new Perth Stadium Station expected to move 28,000 people, and the refurbished East Perth Stadium expected to move a further 7,500 to and from events. The new Swan River pedestrian bridge will connect East Perth with Perth Stadium and is expected to have more than 14,000 people cross it on event days. Improving connections between East Perth and Burswood Peninsula will also attract locals and visitors on non-event days.

As we sat in level five, we saw the LED floodlights being tested and the final preparations being carried out for the turf to be laid, we couldn’t help but be wowed by the attention to detail to make Perth Stadium a truly world-class facility.

The list of attendees included Chris Deshon, AECOM; David Milliken, City of Subiaco; Marcus Rooney, EY; Peter Hale, Georgiou; Catherine Wheeler, HopgoodGanim; Andrew Howe, TPG + Place Match; Graham Holden, WSP; Matt Judkins, Deloitte; and Committee for Perth’s Directors Gaye McMath and Jon Smeulders along with Marion, Holly and Madeline.


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