Cup coming to WA
THE new Perth Stadium will host a Bledisloe Cup match in 2019, which will be the first time the series will be played in WA.
THE new Perth Stadium will play host to one of the biggest rivalries in world sport when WA hosts its first ever Bledisloe Cup match in 2019.
Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the Stat Government, through Tourism Western Australia, had secured the match between the Wallabies and New Zealand’s All Blacks.
“The Bledisloe Cup has been fiercely contested between these two rugby powerhouses since the 1930s; in fact both nations even disagree over the year the cup began,” he said. “It is a great coup for Western Australia to host this spectacular sporting event at the magnificent Perth Stadium.
“It will be the only time the All Blacks and the Wallabies play on Australian soil in 2019 in the leadup to the Rugby World Cup, and we expect thousands of people to travel to Perth from the eastern states and overseas for the game.
“The match will be broadcast across Australia and internationally, providing a great platform to show off our transforming city and world-class new stadium to the world.”
Mr Barnett said having a facility such as Perth Stadium meant Western Australia could now host some of the world’s biggest sporting events, which would have an enormous flow-on effect for the State’s economy.
“In 2015-16, visitors to and within WA spent $9.6 billion during their stay in the state and we want to see that figure grow to $12 billion by 2020,” he said.
Tourism Council WA chief executive Evan Hall said the event would draw about 10,000 interstate and international visitors.
“Securing a Bledisloe Cup match in Perth will draw thousands of diehard rugby union fans from the east coast and overseas, who will spend an anticipated $10 million in WA’s shops, hotels, bars, restaurants, taxis, venues and attractions,” he said. “It is estimated that the $10 million boost to the WA economy would employ 110 people full-time for a year.”