Ashes out, Sheeran in
THE announcement that December’s Ashes Test will not be played at Perth Stadium has been somewhat softened by the announcement that Ed Sheeran is scheduled to perform at the venue on March 3.
Perth Stadium is now 82 per cent complete and set to be open for the start of the 2018 AFL season.
The State Government confirmed with Cricket Australia that the Ashes Test will be played at the WACA ground from December 14 to 18.
Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray said the idea of an Ashes Test opening Perth Stadium was only ever a “Colin Barnett thought bubble”.
“The scheduled opening has always been the start of the 2018 AFL season and that is what we’re working towards,” he said.
“Hosting the Ashes Test at the new stadium would have been a spectacle, but unfortunately it’s just not possible and the State Government is now working to correct the problems we have inherited.”
The Ed Sheeran concert was a fantastic outcome and the possibility of earlier events would be investigated, he said.
Perth Stadium is nearing completion.