Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Perth Major Stadium to get increased capacity and a roof?

Perth Major Stadium to get increased capacity and a roof?
April 4, 2012

The Western Australian Government is being urged to put a roof over Perth's planned new sports stadium and to increase its major event capacity to 70,000.

The West Australian newspaper has suggested that Populous, the architectural consultants developing the Project Definition Plan (PDP) for the new Perth Major Stadium to be built at Burswood, has argued strongly that a retractable roof would provide a better atmosphere for fans and enable more events to be staged there.

The roof idea has encountered resistance from the WA Government on the grounds that it would add significantly to the budgeted $700 million stadium construction cost and was unnecessary in a city that has fine weather for much of the year.

Among Populous' suite of projects, those with retractable roofs include Etihad Stadium in Melbourne and, in the USA, Reliant Stadium in Houston and the new Marlins Ballpark in Florida.

The conceptual stadium costed in the 2007 Perth Stadium Taskforce report had a sculptural roof covering most of the tiered stands, but not a fully enclosable roof.

However, WA Sports Minister Terry Waldron has not ruled out the proposal stating that he would wait to consider the finalised project definition plan "before making any decisions as to what options are in or out of the final design brief.

"The Government never considered a retractable or totally enclosed roof as it was not part of the task force recommendations and was therefore not included in budget considerations.

"Populous are looking at all the options for the stadium and they will be presented to the steering committee, which will then make recommendations to Government.

"The Government will then decide the options it wants to include in the brief to the architects."

Events promoter Brad Mellen, who ranks Etihad Stadium as the "best small stadium for watching sport in Australia", said a retractable roof was appealing because it took weather out of the event planning equation.

It is also believed that planning for the stadium will include providing a capability for it to be expanded to 70,000 seats for major events, the provision of comfortable seats to accommodate "bigger" fans and the inclusion of some standing room-only areas for spectators.

Stadium Project Director Ronnie Hurst recently explained that that the new stadium would be designed using a "fan-first philosophy" to ensure spectators had "a superior live experience".

Revealing key goals for the project, Hurst said it was hoped pre-game and post-game entertainment options within the surrounding commercial precinct would activate the area seven days a week and also help stagger the arrival and departure times of fans on game days.

Hurst said comfortable seats to accommodate "bigger" fans with more space between rows and improved lines of sight were also important, as were good food and beverage options and better toilet facilities.

He added that while the final stadium definition plan to guide the design was not due until July, options at other stadiums being looked at included the use of "communal standing areas", giant screens and interactive technology such as stadium "apps" that provided game-day information.

Addressing businesses and community leaders at a recent Committee for Perth lunch, Hurst said "while we are not building this stadium for the top end of town" about 10% of stadium seating capacity would be dedicated to "money can buy" opportunities. He said other stadiums being studied had "social suites" for 50 to 100 people, exclusive club lounges and field clubs where fans watched players warm up and "high five" as they took off down the race.

Hurst said AFL clubs had also suggested the creation of a "coach's box" where fans had 360 degree viewing access to "the antics of the coach".

The Western Australian Government plan for the new Perth Major Stadium to be built to host Australian Football League (AFL), international rugby union tests and rugby league events, international football and cricket matches as well as open air concerts.

For more information go to www.perthstadium.com.au

Related Articles

17th December 2011 - Populous appointed consultants for first stage of Perth’s major stadium project

20th October 2011 - Key appointments at Perth Arena

29th June 2011 - Major new stadium to be built on Perth’s Burswood Peninsula

23rd February 2011 - Fans object to Subiaco Oval naming rights sale

29th January 2010 - Cricket receives high-level ambush advertising protection

2nd April 2009 - Populous - Drawing People Together


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

COMMERCIAL AQUATICS AUSTRALIA

Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

ICP

ICP is an Australian-based company focused on indoor climbing. ICP will manage your project from initial design to completion and beyond, whether you're building an international-level climbing…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation

 
 

SLE WORLDWIDE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

SLE Worldwide Australia is a Managing General Underwriter specialising in insuring risks in the world of Sports, Leisure and Entertainment. Be it relaxing, playing, organising or watching sports,…

read more

Insurance / Venues

 
 

Sportybots

We are the leading providers of kids fun multi-sports programs for Sport and Recreation Centres. Programs cover twelve common sports as well as Gross Motor Skill Development and suit children from as…

read more

Fitness / Play / Recreation / Sport / Wellness

 
 

GLADSTONE MRM

Gladstone Health & Leisure (Gladstone MRM Pty Ltd Australia) is a leading supplier of leisure management and fitness software and is endorsed by leading health and fitness professionals and…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Venues

 
 
 
 

MYRTHA POOLS

Founded in 1961, Myrtha Pools® quickly became Italy’s première swimming pool company, and has since grown into one of the world's leading swimming pool construction…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks / Wellness

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business