Optus Stadium and the surrounding Park is located east of the Perth Central Business District, on the Burswood Peninsula. With views of the picturesque Swan River and Perth city in the west and the foothills in the east, this 60,000 seat, world-class, multi-purpose Stadium will host a variety of sports and entertainment events including Australian Football League, International and Big Bash League cricket, soccer, rugby league and union plus concerts.
Optus has secured the naming rights to Perth Stadium for 10 years, with the venue to be known as Optus Stadium and the deal to deliver a multimillion-dollar return to the State.
The stadium has also been built to ensure easy access to transport links. It was announced on Saturday the 2nd December that the train station for the new Optus Stadium is now complete and ready to receive thousands of passengers for the stadium’s first major event – the free Community Open Day on Sunday January 21, 2018.
Perth Stadium Station is the second biggest train stop on the network after Perth and will be capable of moving big crowds to and from stadium events on high-frequency trains.
Optus Stadium will host the One Day International cricket match between Australia and England on Sunday January 28, 2018 – in what is expected to be the highest-attended sporting match in Western Australian history.
The match will be the first official sporting event to be held at Optus Stadium, about two months ahead of the original target opening date of the start of the 2018 AFL season.
The One Day International match will be the first of many cricket events held at Optus Stadium with the McGowan Government, Cricket Australia and the WACA agreeing that all Test matches and limited overs matches featuring England, South Africa and India – plus Big Bash League Twenty20 matches – will be played at the venue from 2018.
Optus Stadium incorporates a range of state-of-the-art cricket features including five drop-in cricket wickets, four indoor warm up wickets, 16 outdoor turf practice wickets and two dedicated player viewing rooms with direct access to both the change rooms and the playing surface.
The stadium will also be a hub for Australian Rules Football (AFL) after it was recently announced that the McGowan Government has concluded negotiations to secure Perth Stadium as the home ground for the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers from the start of the 2018 AFL season.
Under the agreement between the State Government, the AFL and the Western Australian Football Commission (WAFC), $10.3 million per annum of football generated income at the stadium will be provided to the WAFC over an initial 10-year period, ensuring Western Australian grassroots football continues to prosper.
The venue has also been illuminated with more than 15,000 LED lights attached to the stadium and throughout the park precinct. Minister for Sport and Recreation, Mick Murray said: “The lighting component of Perth Stadium is one of the most stunning features of this state-of-the-art venue. It sets a new benchmark for stadium lighting in Australia.’’
Australian wine specialist, Treasury Wine Estates has been awarded an exclusive five-year contract to supply wine to Optus Stadium and will hero local wines from across regional WA.
Showcasing local wines at the world-class stadium, which will be hosting international and interstate visitors, presents a wonderful opportunity to assist in attracting tourists to WA’s beautiful wine producing regions.
In addition, it will provide a boost for leading Western Australian wineries and the many small business operators that support them.
For further information please go to the Optus Stadium website.
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