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Perth State Government have confirmed this week that they will enter into exclusive negotiations with Stadium Australia Operations to become operator of the new Perth Stadium, following a three-month evaluation period and subsequent approval by State Cabinet.

Premier Colin Barnett said Stadium Australia Operations’ proposal offered the best value for money and an operating approach which put fans first. He said:

The 60,000-seat Perth Stadium will be a world-class venue and it is fitting that a world-class operator is appointed.

The Premier thanked all four short-listed respondents for their detailed submissions. He commented:

Stadium Australia Operations currently operates Stadium Australia (ANZ Stadium) in Sydney, which was built for the 2000 Olympic Games. The 83,500-seat venue has already attracted more than 23.5 million fans to a variety of events, including AFL, rugby union and English Premier League games, plus acts such as AC/DC, the Foo Fighters and Taylor Swift.

The State looks forward to working with Stadium Australia Operations in the coming weeks to finalise matters ahead of signing the contract.

The operator will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the stadium and sports precinct, including catering, securing event content, event management and ticketing.

Mr Barnett said the Government would ensure that the West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) would have a stream of revenue to continue to manage, support and grow local football at the West Australian Football League and community level.

Sport and Recreation Minister, Mia Davies, said AEG Ogden was also approved as reserve respondent, in the event the State Government could not conclude negotiations with Stadium Australia Operations. She confirmed:

This decision is the result of 12 months of work since the Government first called for Expressions of Interest.

A detailed brief was prepared which was responded to by the shortlisted applicants over almost three months, culminating in a three-month review and evaluation by a panel of senior Government officials – supported by a range of independent technical advisors.

Ultimately the team determined that Stadium Australia Operations’ bid represented the best value for money. A key feature of the bid was the depth and breadth of proposed events to be held at Perth Stadium and the strategies to secure them.

Fact file

  • Shortlisted respondents (in alphabetical order): AEG Ogden, Nationwide Venue Management, Perth Stadium Management and Stadium Australia Operations
  • Criteria for assessment of proposals included the respondents’ delivery approach, operational performance, communication with users and financial benefit to WA.
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.

Ashton Gate Stadium – Chief of Stadium Operations announced

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Mark Kelly will be joining the Bristol Sport team as Chief of Stadium Operations at Ashton Gate from 1 February 2015. Kelly commented:

The plans for Ashton Gate Stadium are tremendously exciting. The chance to join the team at the start of its journey is a brilliant opportunity. I’m a keen sportsman and regularly compete in half-marathons and endurance events so the chance to work in a sporting environment is a dream come true.

When the new 27,000 capacity stadium is complete it will become the largest conferencing and entertainment facility in the south west. I can’t wait to get started and help shape that journey.

Kelly brings with him a wealth of experience in event and hospitality management. The Irishman moved to Bristol two years ago when he became general manager of the city centre Grand Hotel by Thistle. Prior to that he has spent ten years in various management roles for International Hotel Group and GM of the Thistle Hotel, Birmingham.

Bristol Sport’s chief executive officer Andrew Billingham said:

The chief of stadium operations role is a crucial part of our strategy as we build for the future. We want all fans and visitors to the stadium to have an amazing experience. We can’t control what happens on the pitch but off it we will ensure that every thing surrounding your trip to Ashton Gate is of the highest possible standard.

This week we informed Centreplate, our current catering providers, that from the end of this season we will take all of our catering in-house. Mark will lead this transition and help us achieve our vision. His career has proven that he is up to the challenge and we look forward to having him join us in the New Year.

Barr Construction is looking for local subcontractors to help with the £45m Ashton Gate Stadium rebuild project

The contractor is linking-up with Constructionline and Bristol Sport to brief potential candidates. More than 50 contracts are available ranging from construction to fit out, from interiors to exteriors including scaffolding, plastering, turnstiles and seating on the new home of Bristol City FC and Bristol Rugby Club.

Mike Henderson, project manager at Barr Construction said:

We have significant experience of delivering state-of-the-art sporting facilities for clients all over the UK and we are confident local contractors will see this as a great opportunity to become involved in an interesting construction challenge.

West Ham Utd FC unveil ‘Club London’ ahead of Olympic move

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West Ham United FC have revealed details of the hospitality offering at the Olympic Stadium, the Club’s new home from 2016.

Under the ‘Club London’ banner, West Ham unveiled four hospitality options, namely: the BM6, an invitation-only club named after club legend Bobby Moore; 16 private executive boxes for up to ten guests each; Arnold Hills, a private dining club; and The Royal East, described as a ‘chic and elegant’ contemporary lounge.

The Olympic Stadium is currently being renovated ahead of the Club’s move to the ground, commencing with the 2016/17 season.

A reservation and sales centre has been opened by the Club at Westfield, the shopping complex which sits next to the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park where the stadium is located.

The Club has pledged that every current corporate member and season ticket holder will be offered a dedicated appointment in order to choose the right seat in the new venue.

IO-Media, a CGI specialist, has been hired by the Club to create a virtual venue, allowing fans to examine sightline and seating positions before selecting their seat.

Karren Brady, West Ham’s Vice Chairman – who was one of several board members and club executives to reveal the plans on Tuesday – commented:

We have been inundated with interest in these new hospitality areas and I am pleased to report that we have already sold more than a third of our executive boxes before the new Reservation Centre has even launched.

This is an incredibly exciting milestone for us as it is the first announcement on the way to revealing all of our world-class plans for the new stadium. The details released today show that we have been true to our word, in that the new-look Stadium will look and feel like West Ham’s home.

West Ham secured tenancy of the Olympic Stadium in March 2013, taking a 99-year lease. The Club will pay around GBP£2m a year in rent, with the British government stumping up around GBP£60m of the GBP£150-190m renovation project at the venue, which was originally built for athletics.

In terms of the stadium’s design, the Club will work closely with the E20 partnership on the developments that will see the Olympic Stadium upgraded to a 54,000 all-seater UEFA category 4 football Stadium – the highest category of football stadium possible in the world.

The developments will include the installation of an innovative retractable seating solution on all four sides of the ground, bringing fans closer to the action and the atmospheric, transparent roof, which, at 84m, will become the largest-spanning tensile roof in the world.

The ambitious proposals include first-class hospitality suites, the relocation inside the turnstile line of key facilities such as the concessions and toilets (as at other traditional football stadia), landscaping and a distinctive new building that is set to become the Hammers’ exclusive Ticket Office and flagship Club Store. The presence of these buildings will ensure that supporters continue to enjoy their direct relationship with the Club in new and enhanced facilities in the surrounds of the stunning Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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