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New Perth Stadium approaches completion
A major Perth Stadium milestone will be ticked off in the coming weeks when turf is rolled out on the playing surface.
The 60,000 capacity stadium is at a significant phase in its construction, with fewer than 5,000 seats left to be installed and testing of the two giant screens - the largest stadium screens in the southern hemisphere - underway.
According to afl.com.au, the $1.6 billion venue is more than 88% complete and remains on track to open in early 2018 and ahead of the next AFL season.
With the 46th western derby played at Domain Stadium last Sunday, a clash between Fremantle and West Coast could be the first AFL match played for premiership points at the new venue next season. Another option is for the Dockers and Eagles to each host home games against interstate opponents in round one.
In addition, drawn-out negotiations between the WA Football Commission and the Western Australia Government to sign off on moves to the venue are edging closer to completion.
The anticipated deal may see the Commission rebranded AFLWA to secure extra funding from the AFL.
Premium experiences at the stadium will bring fans closer to their teams' inner workings when football moves to its new home in 2018.
The 'Coaches Room' will be located on level three, northern side and will have windows looking into the Eagles and Dockers' coaches boxes. Depending on the willingness of the clubs, sound can be pumped from the box into the Coaches Room, offering up to 50 fans unique gameday insight.
Passes to the 'Locker Room' will give supporters the chance to watch players warm up in the rooms, before they run through corporate area to get to the oval, and view the post-match media conferences.
In addition to the Locker Room and Coaches Room, there will be another 11 different ticketing options ranging from general admission to premium products at the 'fans first' stadium.
Among them will be the 'Sky View Lounge' at the western end of the venue, which will be located underneath one of the giant screens and offer stunning views of the Swan River and CBD.
A decision is yet to be made whether naming rights to the stadium will be sold, and debate has raged whether full-strength beer should be available in general admission areas.
Meanwhile the Swan River Pedestrian Footbridge linking East Perth to the stadium has also been controversial, and has been delayed until March next year, while a one-day international cricket match between Australia and England could be the venue's opening event on 28th January.
For AFL matches, the playing surface will be 165 metres long and 130 metres wide, between the dimensions of the MCG (160 metre x 141 metres) and Domain Stadium (175 metres x 120 metres).
Images: Soaring above the beautiful Swan River, the new Perth Stadium is a spectacular sight Top, courtesy of Tad Graphics) and a view of the Stadium Park taken by a drone (below, courtesy of Sky Perth WA).
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