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Process to appoint stadium operator for the new Perth Stadium under way

The procurement process to appoint the operator responsible for the day-to-day management of the 60,000-seat new Perth Stadium is now under way.
  • First step to appoint operator for 60,000-seat new Perth Stadium
  • Operator expected to be in place by the end of 2015
  • Key role to attract and manage events and provide ‘fans first’ experience

Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said Expressions of Interest (EOI) were now invited from suitably qualified and experienced stadium operators. Ms Davies said:

Today is an important day for this job-creating project. It is imperative the successful operator is an organisation that shares the same vision as the State Government.

Providing an exceptional ‘fans first’ experience has been a key goal for this world-class structure from the very start and the operator will play a pivotal role in the delivery of this mandate from the first day of operations.

The operator will manage a range of activities in the stadium and sports precinct, including events and functions, catering, cleaning, waste management, security, traffic management and ticketing.

The Minister highlighted that the process to appoint the operator was expected to take 12 months.  She added:

The successful respondent will be on board in early 2016, more than two years before opening, scheduled for the start of the 2018 Australian Football League season.

The operator will maximise the number of events and functions at the venue, providing a year-round program of activity that ultimately delivers a range of benefits to the taxpayer.

Once EOI responses are reviewed, short-listed respondents will be provided with Request for Proposals documentation, detailing specifications to be addressed in any bid responses.

The operator will work closely with facilities manager, Brookfield Johnson Controls, which was appointed as part of the Westadium consortium in August 2014.  It will be responsible for ensuring the infrastructure remains in excellent condition and fit for stadium operations.

Construction of the stadium started on schedule in December and will be completed by the end of 2017.

Fact file

  • EOI documentation is available at Tenders WA.
  • Transport infrastructure remains on schedule and contracts will be awarded for the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge and the new six-platform rail station in early 2015.

The new Perth 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.
  • State-of-the-art team facilities, include flexible warm-up and recovery areas.
  • Sports Precinct – year-round access
    • The covered Community Arbour represents Noongar Community stories, linking the six-platform Stadium Station to the Swan River.
    • The western section of the Precinct is home to an amphitheatre, two children’s playgrounds, picnic areas and a boardwalk.
    • The Community Sporting Oval in the north is available for public use on non-event days, as well as providing event-day parking.
    • The landscape design around the Precinct is inspired by the Indigenous six seasons, providing wind and shade protection.
    • Integrated artwork throughout the Precinct recognises the ancestral homes of the 152 different language communities in Western Australia and the State’s rich sporting history.
    • A network of walking and cycle tracks throughout the Precinct encourages seven day a week use.