Process to appoint stadium operator under way

04 February 2015
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.

“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,” Ms Davies said.

“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 said the process to appoint the operator was expected to take 12 months. 

“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,” she said.

“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.