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Premier Colin Barnett and Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies today announced the four organisations shortlisted for the role of operator at the new Perth Stadium.
  • Stadium operator procurement process on schedule
  • Four companies shortlisted
  • Key role to deliver a ‘fans first’ experience

The shortlisted respondents are (in alphabetical order) – AEG OgdenNationwide Venue ManagementPerth Stadium Management and Stadium Australia Operations.

The Premier said he was pleased to see the 60,000-seat stadium development reach another important milestone.

Mr Barnett said:

The stadium project is progressing very well. The State Government received responses from a number of highly credentialed venue operators from around the world and I thank all of those who responded.

Ms Davies said the four respondents would shortly receive Request for Proposals documentation so that they could prepare their detailed proposals and added:

Each submission will then be thoroughly reviewed and evaluated, and the contract is expected to be awarded in early 2016 – two years ahead of the planned stadium opening for the start of the 2018 AFL season.

The operator will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the stadium and sports precinct, and will play a leading role in delivering the ‘fans first’ experience and attracting high quality sporting and entertainment events.

The operator is expected to employ a number of full-time staff plus more than 1,500 casuals to fulfil a year-round calendar of activities and events.

The operator will work closely with the governance agency for the new Perth Stadium, VenuesWest, and the facilities manager, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (formerly Brookfield Johnson Controls), appointed as part of the Westadium consortium in August 2014.

Construction of the stadium is on schedule. More than 50% of the piles have been inserted into the site to support the stadium structure and the first concrete slab was poured last week.

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Fact file:

A workforce of 100 is currently on-site and more than 5,700 will help deliver the stadium and sports precinct over the three-year construction period.

Stadium Facts:

  • The new Perth Stadium will be open for the 2018 AFL season.
  • It will be a multi-purpose venue capable of hosting AFL, rugby, football (soccer), cricket and entertainment events.
  • With an initial 60,000-seat capacity.
  • And a ‘fans first’ approach to design and technology.

Castleford Tigers unveil new stadium plans

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Castleford Tigers Super League rugby side has confirmed plans to build a 10,000-capacity stadium as part of a £135m retail development on a site at Glasshoughton.

 

The Club had previously announced a move to a new stadium, however, those plans came to nothing because of funding issues arising from the sale of the current ground at Wheldon Road, recently re-named ‘Mend-a-Hose Jungle’ stadium.

 

“Clearly this is a very exciting opportunity for Castleford Tigers to finally get a home fit for the 21st century,” said Club Chairman, Jack Fulton.

 

This time around the project will be funded entirely by property developers who have opened talks with both Wakefield Council and the highways authority. Lateral Property Group say the development will also feature a 50-acre country park and that as many as 2,000 jobs would be created.

 

The purpose-built stadium will be designed to meet Super League requirements, with a mixture of both seating and standing terraces, and it is hoped that work will begin during 2015, with a view to opening in time for the 2017 season.

 

GMI Construction has been lined-up to build the new stadium.

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New 31,000-seat stadium planned for Polish Football Club, Widzew Lodz

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Polish football club, Widzew Lodz, have confirmed its plans for a new €31m 31,000-seat stadium, in turn, the municipal authorities have launched a tender to build the new facility, which is designed to revamp the troubled club and boost matchday attendances.

The decision to build the €31m (PLN 130m) stadium was jointly announced by Mayor of Lodz, Hanna Zdanowska, and the Club’s Chief Executive, Pawel Mlynarczyk. The Mayor advised:

We will need 40 days to complete the tender and have earmarked PLN 170m in our budget for this, including PLN 130m for the stadium and PLN 40m for related road construction works.

Widzew’s current stadium has a seating capacity of 10,500, of which only 1,192 seats are covered.

Proposed new stadium design, courtesy of The Stadium Consultancy

Proposed new stadium design, courtesy of The Stadium Consultancy