Up­grades breathe new life into sta­dium

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

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