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Optus Stadium celebrates one millionth visitor as AFL attendances hit new highs

Optus Stadium celebrates one millionth visitor as AFL attendances hit new highs
June 14, 2018

Optus Stadium welcomed its one millionth visitor ahead of last weekend’s Fremantle versus Adelaide AFL clash, as the ground celebrates recording the second-highest average AFL attendance in the country, behind only the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

After 12 AFL matches at Optus Stadium, the venue had an average attendance of 48,625 - second only to the MCG’s 54,239 attendance average.

The average attendance for AFL matches represents a 41% increase in AFL football attendance in Western Australia, following the move from Subiaco Oval to Optus Stadium.

Welcoming Neil Alweyn as the venue’s one millionth guest at the weekend, Western Australian Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray marked the milestone by presenting four tickets to an upcoming event of their choice and a voucher for City View Café.

Neil Alweyn and his friends were escorted by the Minister to upgraded seats in the Premiership Terrace, where they were able to watch the match, courtesy of the Fremantle Football Club.

Optus Stadium is also celebrating an average visitor satisfaction rating of more than 90%, with guests at Ed Sheeran’s two concerts in March reporting an 89% satisfaction rating, rising to 94% more recently at the Western Derby on 29th April.

Commenting on the achievement, Minister Murray stated “six months after the opening of Optus Stadium, we are second only to the MCG in terms of AFL crowds, with 41% more Western Australians enjoying live AFL football each week.

“The high customer satisfaction ratings, which rose to 94% at the most recent measure, are testament to the quality of the venue and the people running it.”

As of next week, fans heading Optus Stadium can make use of an alternative transport option to access the venue and surrounding precinct via ferries operating from the new $5 million Burswood Jetty.

Private ferry services to the stadium will be in place for the first weeknight fixture on Thursday 21st June 2018 after Captain Cook Cruises - owned by Sealink - secured exclusive access to a dedicated berth at the new facility for major events at Optus Stadium and priority access for the remainder of the time.

On an event day, Captain Cook Cruises is expected to pick up and drop off up to 1,440 people on two return services across five vessels.

In addition, other charter operators and the public can use the additional two berths for drop off and pick up of patrons, further enhancing the capacity of the jetty to deliver people to the Optus Stadium precinct.

Images: Neil Alweyn and his friends at Optus Stadium last weekend (top) and the new Captain Cook Cruises Ferry operating to the venue (below).

13th June 2018 - FANS RATE NEW OPTUS STADIUM AS BEST FOR AFL 

13th April 2018 - AFL BREAKS WESTERN AUSTRALIAN ATTENDANCE RECORD AT NEW OPTUS STADIUM

28th March 2018 - WEST COAST EAGLES AIM TO ENHANCE ACCESSIBILITY AT OPTUS STADIUM

23rd March 2018 - IBISWORLD STUDY CONFIRMS WEST COAST EAGLES AS AFL’S MOST PROFITABLE CLUB

14th March 2018 - WEST COAST EAGLES IDENTIFIED AS AUSTRALIA’S MOST PROFITABLE SPORTS CLUB 

13th March 2018 - HAWTHORN PRESIDENT JEFF KENNETT SLAMS AFL’S INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION PLANS 

2nd March 2018 - NEW GENERAL MANAGER - COMMERCIAL APPOINTED AT PERTH’S OPTUS STADIUM

11th February 2018 - OPTUS STADIUM WELCOMES RECORD CROWD FOR AFLW FIXTUREW

29th January 2018 - MORE THAN 53,000 FANS ATTEND FIRST SPORTING EVENT AT PERTH’S OPTUS STADIUM 

22nd January 2018 - WESTERN AUSTRALIAN PREMIER OPENS GATES TO PERTH’S NEW OPTUS STADIUM

19th December 2017 - LOCAL BUSINESSES BENEFIT FROM NEW OPTUS STADIUM CONTRACTS 

20th November 2017 - ONE DAY CRICKET INTERNATIONAL TO BE FIRST SPORTING FIXTURE AT PERTH’S OPTUS STADIUM 

7th November 2017 - AFL AIMS FOR NEW PERTH STADIUM TO DRIVE 2018 ATTENDANCE RECORD

31st October 2017 - NEW PERTH STADIUM TO HOST 23 GAMES IN AFL 2018 PREMIERSHIP 

20th October 2017 - WESTERN AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT AND AFL AGREE NEW PERTH STADIUM MATCH DEAL 

11th October 2017 - STUDY TO INVESTIGATE FANS’ REAL STADIUM EXPERIENCES 

11th September 2017 - PERTH STADIUM TO OFFICIALLY OPEN WITH FREE COMMUNITY OPEN DAY 

7th September 2017 - AFL BREAKS HOME-AND-AWAY SEASON ATTENDANCE RECORD 

6th June 2017 - FREMANTLE AND WEST COAST EAGLES AGREE PERTH STADIUM DEAL 

7th June 2015 - DESIGNS REVEALED FOR PERTH STADIUM BRIDGE


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