Cup com­ing to WA

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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