Australian Football League (AFL) clubs the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers will play all home games at the new Perth Stadium, it has been confirmed.
The State Government announced that negotiations with football had been agreed and from Round 1 of the 2018 Season the two teams will play at the venue.
Chief Executive Officer, Mike McKenna congratulated everyone involved and officially welcomed football to Perth Stadium. He said:
This stadium will undoubtedly be the best AFL venue in Australia and the clubs will now begin officially transitioning their fans and match day operations.
The trip across the Nullarbor has long been feared for the interstate Clubs and we will be working closely with the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers to create a fearsome fortress, providing our teams with a strong home ground advantage.
We look forward to assisting the Clubs to create inspiring moments at Perth Stadium that bring people together and create lifelong memories.
The stadium has been designed with a ‘fans first’ approach and this will transition throughout operations, offering all 60,000 fans outstanding match day experiences.
The recent successful testing of the stadium lights and sound system provided a taste of what the clubs could deliver on a match day.
Around one million AFL fans are expected to attend games at Perth Stadium during 2018.
Perth Stadium will continue discussions with the Western Australian (WA) Football Commission to potentially stage marquee events at the stadium such as the WA Football League Grand Finals.
Perth Stadium will officially open with a free Community Open Day on Sunday 21 January 2018. This will be followed by a series of world-class entertainment and sporting events ahead of Round 1 of the AFL Premiership Season.