The New Perth Stadium will be one of the best in Australia for fans with disability who have special access requirements, Premier Colin Barnett said on Thursday on a visit to the stadium site.
The public facilities to ensure people with disability have a five-star experience at events will include: undercover seating, ACROD parking bays, automatic toilet doors and wheelchair positions on all levels.
Barnett met members of the Stadium Access and Inclusion User Group, who have been participating in a series of workshops providing advice on the project’s design. He concluded:
This project has undergone an extensive planning phase over more than two years and this user group, including people in wheelchairs, their carers and others with special access requirements, has given us invaluable advice.
We set out to deliver a ‘fans first’ experience in the design of the new Perth Stadium and the Sports Precinct. This will set new benchmarks for public facilities, ensuring everyone has the same five-star experience on event and non-event days.
Construction of the new 60,000 seat stadium is due to start later this year. Site offices are currently being fitted out and machinery is being deployed.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron announced that the new stadium would include:
- automatic doors on all 21 accessible toilets
- three changing places toilets (a first for an Australian stadium)
- all concessions, ticket windows and retail outlets at a height suitable for wheelchairs
- 12 lifts
- undercover seating
- wheelchair positions on all levels alongside flexible seats for carers.
New public transport infrastructure will also be fully inclusive. There will be nine times the required permanent parking available for ACROD card holders. Waldron said:
I am delighted the design of the new stadium delivers so many features, catering for everyone regardless of age, experience or ability.
The stadium, designed and built by WESTADIUM (Cox Architecture, HKS and Hassell) remains on schedule for completion in time for the 2018 AFL season
The nine user groups are Access & Inclusion, Sports Fans, Football, Cricket, Rectangular, Emergency Services, Media, Stadium Events and Stadium Operations.