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Perth’s AFL Grand Final delivers local supplier boost
Perth’s AFL Grand Final delivers local supplier boost
With this weekend seeing the first-ever AFL Grand Final being held in Perth, local suppliers are busy preparing for the event with tonnes of ingredients being transported to Optus Stadium.
The 2021 AFL Grand Final this Saturday will be one of the biggest sporting events to be held in Western Australia creating a huge task for the stadium's suppliers. At least eight local suppliers will be providing ingredients to cater for 61,266 fans - plus staff - at the game.
Supplies required include everything from local vegetables, meats and bakery items to spices and frozen goods.
Among the suppliers in Western Australia are:
- New West Foods, a family-run business in Malaga, supplying around 9,000kg of potato chips, 6,000 pieces of flathead fish, 12,000 units of party pies, 14,000 chicken wings and 500 freshly cooked Western Australian rock lobster from Cervantes;
- Smorgasbord, supplying tonnes of WA-grown fresh vegetables processed to stadium specification, including 600kg of cubed pumpkin;
- The Mill Bakery in Bibra Lake, supplying fresh bread for all stadium events;
- The Spice Merchants, supplying 100kg of spices and producing 10,000 Naan breads;
- Cheeky Brothers, producing up to 4,000 pizzas; and
- Total Food Distributors, supplying whole cuts of beef, pork and lamb.
Meanwhile, the Optus Stadium loading dock is receiving up to six truck deliveries an hour for the rest of the week.
It is estimated the sell-out crowd at Optus Stadium this weekend will drink approximately 130,000 cups of beer and consume some 23,000 pies and 7,000 hotdogs.
Around 2,600 staff will work on the day with the first starting at 3am to ensure the event runs as smoothly as possible.
Western Australian Sport and Recreation Minister Tony Buti notes "Western Australians have generated a wave of enthusiasm for the first Perth-hosted AFL Grand Final, which will benefit everything from grassroots football to the local butcher.
"Grand Final ticket sales, spending at local shops and the scramble for game day plans show Western Australia's passion for AFL is unmatched.
"There's set to be a massive boost to local retailers, with predictions Western Australians will splurge $200 million between Thursday and Sunday to cater for grand final celebrations.
WA Small Business Minister Reece Whitby advised "WA small businesses have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cash in as Grand Final fever grips the State like never before.
"Business is expected to boom - and it won't be limited to suppliers providing food to Optus Stadium, as fans flock to pubs and AFL Grand Final parties kick off in homes right around WA.
"NAB predicts hungry footy fans will spend $52 million at supermarkets and butchers on Saturday alone.
"It's an exciting time for local small businesses and I can't wait to see all their hard work pay off as Western Australians celebrate a historic Perth Grand Final."
17th September 2021 - Last ticket allocation for Perth’s AFL Grand Final sell out in minutes
5th September 2021 - Calls for AFL fans to be banned from matches if they don’t have a COVID-19 vaccine
1st September 2021 - AFL’s Perth Grand Final will not feature fans and media from NSW and Victoria
31st August 2021 - AFL 2021 Grand Final to be played at Perth’s Optus Stadium
25th August 2021 - Perth’s Optus Stadium to host 2021 AFL Grand Final if fixture moved from MCG
26th August 2021 - Ongoing lockdowns sees start of AFLW season pushed back until January
25th August 2021 - Decision on Tasmanian AFL expansion team to be made in 2022
10th September 2021 - VenuesLive steps up recruitment drive for Optus Stadium hospitality staff
21st April 2021 - State of Origin returns to Optus Stadium in 2022
1st March 2021 - Optus Stadium launches The Ozone attractions hub
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