Fal­cons en­hance fan en­gage­ment

North Coast Times - - SPORT -

WEST Perth match days will en­ter a new era at Arena Joon­dalup, with the club’s re­vamped WAFL head­quar­ters to pro­mote fan en­gage­ment like never be­fore.

The pre-game ex­pe­ri­ence, in par­tic­u­lar, is to step up con­sid­er­ably.

A warm-up room that looks out to a view­ing deck on the perime­ter of the oval has been de­signed to al­low spec­ta­tors to watch the play­ers’ prepa­ra­tions and lis­ten to coach Bill Mon­aghan’s mo­ti­va­tional chat­ter.

Mon­aghan will be mic’d up for max­i­mum ef­fect.

The play­ers will then surge into the arena via a new play­ers race, which runs from the warm-up room.

To say the Fal­cons are ex­cited about their multi-mil­lion dol­lar re­de­vel­op­ment would be an un­der­state­ment.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive David Crute gave the Times an ex­clu­sive tour of the build­ing, which is due to be­gin hous­ing staff soon.

The struc­ture is sep­a­rate from their for­mer home, con­nect­ing to it via a fly bridge from the south.

“This is a quan­tum leap for­ward for us; we’ve never had clu­b­rooms since West Perth moved to Joon­dalup,” he said.

“The grand­stand stays the same so this is just new admin, footy and com­mer­cial space down­stairs.

“Our old chang­e­rooms be­come the vis­i­tors rooms and dur­ing the week they’ll be used by our fe­male teams and colts.”

The cen­tre­piece of the re­de­vel­op­ment is the ex­pan­sive sec­ond-floor mem­bers’ clu­b­room.

The so­cial space is curved to fol­low the bound­ary line, mean­ing pun­ters can view the ac­tion from any­where on the floor.

Crute said the club planned to al­low non-mem­bers to ac­com­pany mem­bers into the room but only for a limited num­ber of games.

Af­ter that, they would need to buy a “so­cial mem­ber­ship”, which would be cheaper than a full mem­ber­ship.

Mem­bers will ac­cess the ground on match day via a card tap point through the repo­si­tioned Les Fong Gates.

Other fea­tures in­clude a small lec­ture theatre for player brief­ings, as well as a kitchen, recre­ation area and gym.

In a cheeky dig at a WAFL ri­val, Crute claimed the build­ing had 50 per cent more foot­ball fa­cil­i­ties than Clare­mont’s new home at Clare­mont Oval.

The State Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cially opened the premises and the Joon­dalup Wolves’ basketball sta­dium on Satur­day.

Pic­ture: Justin Bian­chini

West Perth chief ex­ec­u­tive David Crute and di­rec­tor Rob Jack­son in the new chang­e­rooms.

Left: The warm-up room and view­ing area. Right: The brief­ing room.

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