STA­DIUM THREAT

The West Australian - - FRONT PAGE - Mark Duffield

The AFL re­newed a threat to re­main at Do­main Sta­dium in 2018 as tense fi­nal stages of ne­go­ti­a­tions on an his­toric deal to shift foot­ball to Perth Sta­dium boiled over this week.

The Week­end West un­der­stands that the threat was made af­ter the State Govern­ment re­fused an AFL de­mand that it be able to ac­cess funds gen­er­ated by other sports at the sta­dium if its own share of sta­dium in­come fell short of tar­gets.

The State Govern­ment this week sent what sources yes­ter­day la­belled as a “fi­nal of­fer” in writ-

ing to the AFL. Un­der the of­fer, still be­ing de­bated late yes­ter­day, foot­ball would:

Re­ceive a guar­an­teed $10.3 mil­lion a year for the first 10 years of the deal to fund WA foot­ball.

Have the deal in­de­pen­dently re­viewed af­ter seven years.

Be able to ac­cess up to $10.3 mil­lion a year of money foot­ball gen­er­ates at the sta­dium in the fol­low­ing 10 years.

Have about $5 mil­lion of debt re­main­ing at Do­main Sta­dium paid out by the Govern­ment.

Have the WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion re­lo­cated to West Coast’s of­fices at Do­main Sta­dium for the short to medium term af­ter the Ea­gles shift to a new fa­cil­ity at Lath­lain Park.

The Govern­ment has been on the brink of clinch­ing the his­toric deal for sev­eral weeks but has grown in­creas­ingly frus­trated by sev­eral bids by AFL heavy­weights to peel back con­di­tions.

The con­di­tions in­volved clauses on which the Govern­ment felt it had reached sat­is­fac­tory agree­ment with West Coast, Fre­man­tle and the WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion.

Cen­tral to the ten­sion was a clause that foot­ball ac­cess up to $10.3 mil­lion a year of foot­ball’s share of the sta­dium econ­omy in years 11 to 20 of the deal.

The AFL wanted to be able to ac­cess money gen­er­ated by other sports at the sta­dium to make up any short­fall in that fig­ure.

The Govern­ment re­fused, spark­ing the AFL threat to re­main at Do­main Sta­dium.

The Week­end West asked the AFL yes­ter­day if it had threat­ened to stay at Do­main Sta­dium and tried to get ac­cess to earn­ings from other sports writ­ten into the deal.

A spokesman re­sponded: “We haven’t run a pub­lic com­men­tary on the ne­go­ti­a­tions as they have pro­ceeded. We don’t have any com­ment to make from Gill (AFL chief ex­ec­u­tive Gil­lon McLach­lan) or Richard (AFL chair­man Richard Goy­der).”

It would re­quire a re­mark­able back­flip by foot­ball not to shift to Perth Sta­dium.

A Fre­man­tle AFLW fix­ture has been sched­uled and West Coast and Fre­man­tle are lob­by­ing the AFL to host the first home and away game there.

In June, Mr McLach­lan claimed the deal was “99.1275 per cent” com­plete.

“Of course the deal will get done, ” he said at the time.

Gil­lon McLach­lan

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