Codes in ca­hoots

FOOT­BALL AND BAS­KET­BALL CLUBS HAVE SHARED VI­SION

Wanneroo Weekender - - Front Page - Exclusive by Mark Donaldson

RED and blue by day, then green and black by night is how a Satur­day could look for a lo­cal sports fa­natic at the re­de­vel­oped Arena Joon­dalup next year.

West Perth Foot­ball Club and the Joon­dalup Wolves are hop­ing fans will pack two scarves on their way to the com­plex on game day.

The arena’s multi-mil­lion dol­lar up­grade is nearly com­plete, cre­at­ing a sport­ing hub for both semi-pro­fes­sional or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The clubs have big am­bi­tions to pro­mote WAFL-SBL dou­ble head­ers when the teams’ home games match up in sea­son 2018.

It works, given the WAFL is fix­tured in the af­ter­noon and most SBL games are played at night.

Wolves chief ex­ec­u­tive Cameron Britt said the clubs were dis­cussing how best to de­velop their strong sport­ing al­liance.

“You’ve got a state-level footy and state-level bas­ket­ball team with a huge fol­low­ing and mem­ber­ship for both groups,” he said.

“We’re work­ing out how to make a co-mem­ber­ship where you’ll watch a game of footy and then get into the bas­ket­ball – like a ‘sport­ing precinct pass­port’.”

Fal­cons chief ex­ec­u­tive David Crute aims to foster a bond be­tween the clubs’ play­ing groups, en­cour­ag­ing foot­ballers to at­tend bas­ket­ball games and vice versa.

“There’s a lot of po­ten­tial and syn­ergy around fix­tur­ing,” he said.

The arena’s re­de­vel­op­ment has been a long time com­ing, with the Wolves’ for­mer home at Joon­dalup Bas­ket­ball Sta­dium be­ing one of the old­est cen­tres in the State Bas­ket­ball League.

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The Wolves along with the Wan­neroo Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion are in the process of mov­ing into Arena Joon­dalup af­ter the bas­ket­ball cen­tre con­struc­tion wrapped up last month.

And for the Fal­cons, who gain a hi-tech two­s­torey club and of­fice com­plex, the re­de­vel­op­ment gives them fi­nan­cial con­trol over their WAFL fa­cil­i­ties for the first time since they moved to Joon­dalup in 1994.

Un­til now, much of their match-day rev­enue went to the State Govern­ment’s Venues West, which runs the arena.

West Perth is hop­ing to move its staff into the new head­quar­ters at the end of next month. Crute said it was a “quan­tum leap for­ward”. “We’ve never had club rooms since West Perth moved to Joon­dalup,” he said.

“100 per cent of rev­enue in the new build­ing will go to West Perth.

“It was the driv­ing prin­ci­ple be­hind the whole build­ing in the first place.”

West Perth’s lease will al­low them bar and kiosk tak­ings from match day as well as the op­por­tu­nity to hire out func­tion rooms to the pub­lic.

The Wolves have a dif­fer­ent ar­range­ment at the bas­ket­ball sta­dium.

Venues West will take earn­ings from the kiosk, but the club will run an up­stairs bar with a bal­cony over­look­ing the show­court. Cor­po­rate boxes, mem­ber­ships and ticket tak­ings will make up the re­main­der of game night rev­enue.

“It’s what we’ve done pre­vi­ously at the JBS but rais­ing the bar again with re­gards to com­fort and view­ing plat­form,” Britt said in ref­er­ence to the cor­po­rate boxes.

The clubs will share train­ing fa­cil­i­ties, with the Wolves given ac­cess to the Fal­cons’ gym as well as their fit­ness staff.

The Wolves’ up­stairs func­tion room will be used for West Perth’s colts pre­sen­ta­tions.

Venues West chief ex­ec­u­tive David Ether­ton said a re­place­ment hockey turf was the next planned up­grade as well as more out­side light­ing.

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West Perth Foot­ball Club chief ex­ec­u­tive Dave Crute and Joon­dalup Wolves chief ex­ec­u­tive Cameron Britt.

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