Upgrades breathe new life into stadium
CHALLENGE Stadium entrance, facade and gym have a new look.
Work on the entry statement and gym is nearly complete with changes including landscaped grounds, an outdoor function space and new gym equipment such as 28 bikes for a new cycle studio opening next month. The upgrades are part of the stadium’s ongoing ‘New Vision’ project.
VenuesWest chairman Graham Partridge said the new modern look was a necessary “facelift” for the 25-year-old stadium.
“As one of Perth’s most well-known sporting and entertainment venues, the stadium deserves this,” Mr Partridge said.
Despite larger venues like Perth Arena opening in the past few years, Mr Partridge said Challenge Stadium remained popular because the functionality of the venue had evolved.
“The main hall was originally just a basketball court where the Wildcats played, now we have curtains, stages and lighting we can use for major concerts that can hold up to 5000 people.
“Perth Arena holds more than 13,000 but the smaller crowds come here. 3000 people fit nicely here where as they look lost at the bigger venues,” he said.
Mr Partridge said Challenge Stadium had more than one million people come through its doors annually – more than the Perth Oval, Subiaco Oval and the WACA put together.
Mr Partridge said public response had so far been positive and people were pleased to see the water fountain had been retained.