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Optus Stadium to open this weekend

The Optus Stadium in Perth will open to the public for the first time this weekend with a special Community Open Day.

Some 70,000 free tickets have been released for the grand opening on Sunday 21 January.

Ticket holders will have the opportunity to browse and explore the features of the stadium and experience the fans first facilities that have been integrated into the design.

It will be the first opportunity for fans to test out the stadium, take in the magnificent views of the playing surface, the city and the Swan River, and see where their favourite team will run out from onto the ground.

Each session will also feature a stunning audio-visual show incorporating the stadium’s two giant screens – the largest stadium super screens in the southern hemisphere.

Ticket holders will also enjoy all the Stadium Park has to offer, including public art, nature playgrounds in the Chevron Parkland, the BHP Boardwalk plus a range of family activities, entertainment, food and live music.

Public transport to and from the Open Day will also be free of charge and included in the ticket, giving fans the opportunity to be the first to use the world-class train and bus facilities.

Following the official opening on Sunday, January 21, 2018, Perth Stadium will host an AFL Women’s fixture in February, two Ed Sheeran concerts and the Perth NRL double header in March followed by the start of the 2018 AFL season.

The open day will be followed by the Gillette One-Day International between Australia and England on Sunday 28 January, an AFL Women’s match on 10 February, Ed Sheeran concerts on 2 and 3 March, the Perth NRL Double Header on 10 March, the AFL Premiership Season from 25 March, Nitro Circus on 22 April 2018 and Taylor Swift on 19 October 2018.