Colosseum style seating will bring all fans closer to the action
Wednesday 06 June 2012
Perth Stadium capacity and seating bowl shape brings fans closer to the action.
PERTH Stadium will have the third-biggest capacity in Australia and become the second-biggest AFL home stadium.
WA Premier Colin Barnett recently confirmed the capacity of the stadium will be 60,000 seats initially, but will be designed to allow expansion in the future.
“The ultimate capacity will need to be supported by future demand but could expand to 70,000 in coming years,” Mr Barnett said.
The Project Team and architectural consultants Populous have worked closely with representatives of all the major spectator sports to ensure the seating capacity and design of the bowl meets the requirements of their competitors and fans.
“Catering for the fans first is the philosophy and approach underpinning everything we are doing in terms of the stadium’s design and functionality,” Mr Barnett said.
“We want to bring Perth fans closer to the action than they have ever been and create an atmosphere that will be second to none in the country,” he said.
“To achieve this we have chosen to design the seating bowl in a ‘colosseum’ style, similar to the highly successful redevelopment of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.”
Sports users, including anchor tenant the AFL, have advised that 60,000 seats should be the optimum starting capacity to best meet their commercial requirements.
The seating bowl will therefore be designed so that additional seating can be built at a future date on top of the initial colosseum style 60,000 seating bowl.
“The design will ensure this additional seating can be built along the wings which is the optimum viewing for all sports and maintains our approach to put fans first.
“It also allows us to create premium fan experiences at field level, similar to those available at some of the great stadiums overseas but not available in Australia yet.”