Ashes out, Sheeran in

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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