Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions about the mulipurpose stadium including its location, environment, sports and governance.
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How many seats?
The new Perth Stadium will initially have a capacity of 60,000 seats with the potential of increasing to 70,000 seats.
It will have the third largest capacity in Australia and the second largest home stadium for AFL. This stadium will be designed to provide premium viewing for everyone.
How much will the stadium cost?
The current indicative cost of $700 million is based on the work of the original Stadium Taskforce in 2007, updated to 2011 dollars. This excludes costs associated with transport infrastructure upgrades.
An updated capital cost to design and construct the stadium, plus an estimate of the operating costs, will be contained within the PDP, due for completion by mid 2012. The budget will be set by Cabinet after it has reviewed the PDP.
How will environmental issues be addressed?
Geotechnical investigations have confirmed that although the Peninsula presents challenging ground conditions, construction of the stadium in the northern portion of the site can readily be achieved, as previously used successfully, for example, in the Burswood Resort and in the Peninsula Residential development. Further environmental analysis is being undertaken as part of the Project Definition Phase.
How will transport issues be addressed?
The Department of Planning and the Public Transport Authority (PTA) are working with the Stadium Project Team to consider all public transport, vehicle access and pedestrian movement requirements, based on a target of 70 per cent public transport use. We are examining all options, including additional rail and bus requirements and limited vehicle parking.
I am a local resident, where do I find more information about the project?
If you have more questions about the stadium and the Eastside development, email the Department of Sport and Recreation at: email@example.com
What events will be held at the stadium?
The new stadium will deliver a multi-purpose venue hosting AFL and major international rugby, cricket and football matches, as well as cultural events and concerts.
What is involved in the current planning phase?
The project is currently in the Project Definition Plan (PDP) phase where detailed scope, cost, delivery program and procurement methodology are being determined. This is due to be completed by mid 2012.
What is the timeline for the project?
Initial planning for the new stadium is due to be completed by mid 2012, followed by a detailed procurement process for the design and construction of the stadium. Construction is due to start in 2014 and completion for the 2018 AFL season.
What will the stadium look like?
The work we are doing now, as part of the Project Definition Plan (PDP) with input from the potential users, will help determine what design elements and amenities we would like included in the final architectural design. The stadium will provide comfort similar to Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium and take advantage of its Swan River views and central location.
When will it be ready?
The new Perth Stadium is scheduled for completion for 2018.
Where will Perth Stadium be positioned on the Burswood Peninsula?
The stadium will be located on the northern portion of the Burswood Golf Course. The exact location and orientation will be finalised following a detailed evaluation of the site. This will be part of the initial planning phase undertaken under the guidance of the Stadium Steering Committee.
Who are you consulting with?
Potential users of the stadium, including representatives of all major sporting organisations, are currently working with us to determine how the stadium’s design can meet their needs. Consultation is also occurring with key government agencies, Venues West and the Burswood Park Board. The level of public involvement in the stadium’s planning will increase as the project moves into the next planning phase.
Who will be managing the project?
Cabinet has established a steering committee for the Perth Major Stadium under the joint chairmanship of Ron Alexander, Director General of Sport and Recreation and Richard Mann, Executive Director Strategic Projects.Other steering Committee members are David Smith (Deputy Director General Department of Premier and Cabinet), Anne Nolan (Director General Department of Finance), Eric Lumsden (Director General Department of Planning), Reece Waldock (Director General Department of Transport), Barry Sargeant (Chairman, Burswood Park Board) and Nicholas Egan (representing the State Solicitor)..The Premier has also appointed a Parlimentary Secretary for the stadium project, John McGrath MLA, to liaise between his office and the Steering Committee.
Why Burswood Peninsula?
We believe this site is the only one that offers the space and location to create a whole new entertainment and sports precinct for Perth. It is a big site, an iconic site, a site unconstrained by residential development.
This site links neatly with the other major Perth redevelopments being carried out by this government. Imagine walking along the riverside from the Perth Waterfront development, past the spectacular new Riverside project, and then crossing the Swan on a footbridge to enter the eastside precinct and the Perth Stadium. On the way home you might take a different route ending up at the new Perth Cultural Centre before taking a train home.