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Sports Minister and fans give the ‘thumbs up’ to the seats at Perth Stadium

Sports Minister Mia Davies joined members of the Sports Fans User Group to inspect the first of 60,000 seats that will be installed at the new Perth Stadium & Sports Precinct following 18 months of rigorous consultation and testing.

Ms Davies said:

The seat colour and design had to be durable for the unique Western Australian climate, be visually appealing, comfortable, not impact on on-field performance and offer contrast to the colours of our home teams.

Seat comfort is an important factor and feedback from the Sports Fans User Group was hugely valuable during the design selection process.

The seats are 50cm wide with rubber cup-holders that will be located on the back of every seat, adding to the ‘fans first’ experience. To put their size into context, one new seat at Perth Stadium is about as wide as two bench seats at Domain Stadium – so fans will notice a significant difference when they come to watch a football game or cricket match in 2018.

The seat colours were also an important consideration and the selected natural colours complement the overall design. The sports that will play in the Stadium also had a chance to provide input. This was particularly relevant for cricket, as specific seat colours can significantly impact a fielder’s ability to sight the ball against the backdrop of the seats.

Western Australian Cricket Association Chief Executive Officer, Christina Matthews, said she was very pleased with the outcome and said it would enhance the match day experience for fans and players.

Seats are being supplied by Bluecube with installation of seating brackets and seats to be undertaken by local workers. More than 50 per cent of the concrete seating platforms that the seat brackets will be fixed to have been installed. Full seat installation will start early 2017.

Construction of Perth Stadium is currently just over 40 per cent complete and is on schedule to open in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season.

Fact file

  • Perth Stadium will have a capacity of 60,000 seats. For rectangular sports, up to an additional 5,000 drop-in seats will be positioned around all four sides of the pitch.

Stadium – key ‘fans first’ features

  • Future-proofed stadium technology will be provided, including full 4G Wi-Fi coverage across the Stadium and Sports Precinct
  • Two 240m² giant video screens are some of the largest in Australia and will use the latest technology when the Stadium opens in 2018
  • Over 1,000 TV screens are strategically located throughout the interior of the Stadium so fans never miss the action
  • A Children’s Activity Zone within the Stadium
  • Fans will be able to utilise more than 70 food and beverage outlets and still be able to view the action on the field
  • A buffet and a la carte restaurant over-looking the Swan River provide a destination for patrons both pre and post‑game plus on non-event days
  • The Stadium will include the widest range of seating and hospitality options of any stadia in Australia
  • Cup holders are included in every seat and seats themselves will be a minimum of 50cm wide, maximising comfort for fans
  • Fans requiring higher levels of support and accessibility have access to designated seating platforms across all seating tiers, parking spaces within the Sports Precinct and adult changing rooms that provide larger cubicles and additional facilities

Stadium – key design features

  • A multi-purpose Stadium accommodating AFL, cricket and entertainment events with drop-in seats adding flexibility to host rugby union and league, and soccer (football). Capability to host major events consistent with requirements for Commonwealth Games and international athletics
  • Designed to increase the seating capacity within the existing structure, adding up to 10,000 additional seats
  • The unique bronze façade uses anodised aluminium which reflects WA’s unique geology by day and, using state of the art LED lighting, home team colours by night
  • The seating bowl maximises the atmosphere, gives fans exceptional views and brings them close to the action, providing a special home ground advantage for our teams
  • The lightweight fabric roof covers 85% of seats and responds to Perth’s climatic conditions. At night, it will present a spectacular glowing halo effect
  • Start-of-the-art team facilities include flexible warm-up and recovery areas

Design & Build Team

Architects: Cox Architecture, Hassell and HKS Architects
Client: Government of Western Australia
Project Status: In Progress, 2014-Current, estimated completion, 2018
Contractor/Builder: Brookfield Multiplex
Credit: Cox Architecture

Credit: Cox Architecture

Perth Stadium seats with a view from the gully cricket position

Supply Opportunities

Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct

Perth Stadium and its surrounding Sports Precinct is being delivered using a Design-Build-Finance-Maintain (DBFM) procurement model. Under this model, the State has contracted with Westadium consortium and they will be responsible for design, construction, partial finance and maintenance over the initial 25 years.

Opportunities to supply products and services for the construction phase will be advertised through the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA’s ProjectConnect website.

For all other enquiries relating to the supply of products and services for the Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct, please email Westadium.

Stadium Station

The contract to construct Stadium Station and associated railway infrastructure was awarded to PRISM Alliance, made up of Laing O’Rourke and AECOM.

All enquiries relating to the supply of products and services for Stadium Station can be made by emailing PRISM Alliance.

Swan River Pedestrian Bridge

The contract to design and construct the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge was awarded to York Rizzani De Eccher.

All enquiries relating to the supply of products and services for the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge can be made by emailing York Rizzani De Eccher.