From fierce sporting rivalries to iconic entertainment, there’s plenty to see, do and experience in the city of Perth. In 2018 and beyond, Western Australia’s capital is set to become even more spectacular with the completion of the world-class Perth Stadium or Optus Stadium.
With the earliest days of construction beginning in December 2014, Perth’s impressive 60,000 seat stadium was finally unveiled towards the end of 2017. After 36 months, 5 levels of construction and 21 Olympic swimming pools worth of concrete, here are some of the things that Perth’s latest stadium has to offer and how you can make the most of your visit.
Perth’s New Home of Sports and Entertainment
The new Optus Stadium prides itself on being a ‘fans first’ arena, and if the events it hosts are anything to go by, the fans will have plenty to enjoy. Optus Stadium’s line-up is the very best of Perth all in one place.
Perth’s Optus stadium will be the home of the AFL, cricket, rugby league, rugby union, soccer, athletics, and a whole host of concerts and entertainment.
Built with an east-west orientation like the mighty MCG, Optus Stadium will be the home of the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers in the AFL, as well as the Fremantle Dockers in the AFLW.
Prepare for intense international test cricket matches, mighty limited overs matches and all the best of the Big Bash League at Optus stadium. This impressive arena will play host to home games of the Perth Scorchers in the BBL.
Rugby, Soccer, Athletics and More
Optus Stadium meets the guidelines of many international sporting associations, including the IAAF and FIFA, meaning it’s ready to host local, national and international rugby, soccer and athletics events. In fact, the NRL will kick off its 2018 season with a historic double header, when four teams launch their campaign at the stadium.
Many of these events boast increased capacities of 65,000, with drop-in seats being strategically designed for maximum fan enjoyment.
- AFL Round 3 – Gold Coast Suns vs Fremantle (April 7)
- AFL Round 3 – West Coast Eagles vs Geelong Cats (April 8)
- AFL Round 4 – West Coast Eagles vs Gold Coast Suns (April 14)
- AFL Round 5 – Fremantle vs Western Bulldogs (April 21)
- Nitro Circus – Next Level Tour (April 22)
- AFL Round 6 – Fremantle vs West Coast (April 29)
- AFL Round 7 – West Coast vs Port Adelaide (May 5)
- AFL Round 8 – Fremantle vs St Kilda (May 12)
- AFL Round 9 – West Coast vs Richmond (May 20)
- AFL Round 10 – Fremantle vs North Melbourne (May 27)
Entertainment – from Concerts to Outdoor Movies
Not the biggest sports fan? You have plenty to enjoy too! When Optus Stadium turns into concert mode, it can house up to 70,000 people, setting the perfect atmosphere for a Taylor Swift tour or a Nitro Circus event.
Fun Facts about Optus Stadium
Did you know that the landscape design around the stadium park is inspired by the Indigenous six seasons? How about the fact that every single seat in the stadium boasts its own cup holder? Here are a few other fun facts about Optus Stadium:
- It’s home to more than 1000 TV screens
- 50+ food and beverage outlets will satisfy hungry spectators
- The roof gives off a glowing halo effect at night, thanks to the special lightweight fabric on its surface
- The bowl design of the seating is designed to enhance the views, the atmosphere and the heat on visiting teams!
- Nearly 6,000 workers were given a job during construction, and many more will undoubtedly benefit during the many events to come
Are You Planning a Visit to Optus Stadium in Perth?
With so many events on this new stadium’s calendar, many of us will be planning a visit to Perth in the near future. When you do, be sure to book your accommodation at the region’s most perfectly positioned hotel, Crowne Plaza Perth. Located less than 5km from the action with some impressive facilities of its own, Crowne Plaza Perth is the perfect location to complete your stay.