Sta­dium to be a spec­ta­cle when com­plete

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stadiums In The Spotlight - Perth Stadium - By BELINDA CIPRI­ANO

DE­SPITE sev­eral hic­cups, the new Perth Sta­dium is on track to be com­pleted on time and ready for the AFL 2018 sea­son.

In­ter­na­tional pop mu­si­cian Ed Sheeran will be one of the first acts to per­form on March 2 and 3, while Premier League Club Chelsea will play an In­ter­na­tional friendly against Perth Glory in July-au­gust and Game II of the State of Ori­gin and Bledis­loe Cup are sched­uled to be played in 2019.

With 55,000 seats of the 60,000-seat sta­dium in­stalled and con­struc­tion of the sta­dium 88 per cent com­plete, a Perth Sta­dium spokes­woman said the play­ing sur­face would be rolled out over the next month and test­ing of the gi­ant screen would con­tinue over the com­ing months.

Works on the Swan River Pedes­trian Bridge will also see the lo­cally built bridge now com­pleted in March 2018.

Due to be com­pleted at the end of last year, it was plagued by de­lays fol­low­ing con­tin­ued dis­putes with sub­con­trac­tor Toy­ota Tsusho.

Premier Mark Mcgowan an­nounced last month he had en­gaged with the head con­trac­tor over a se­ries of meet­ings to gain more con­trol over a timely de­liv­ery of the project.

A re­vised cost is be­ing set for the en­tire project com­pris­ing of $80.4 mil­lion, with an ex­tra $2.6 mil­lion payable once the tar­get com­ple­tion date is met. Other works ex­pected to be com­pleted over the com­ing months in­clude a state of the art lighting sys­tem, which will il­lu­mi­nate the roof in team colours.

The LED sta­dium lighting sys­tem, which in­cor­po­rates 15,000 LED lights, uses a con­trol plat­form to cre­ate a com­pletely im­mer­sive lighting ex­pe­ri­ence for the venue and is adapt­able to the spe­cific re­quire­ments of each sport­ing code that will play at the venue and is sim­i­lar to the ones used at Ital­ian foot­ball gi­ant Ju­ven­tus’ Sta­dium.

While a deal be­tween the Wa-based AFL sides Fre­man­tle Foot­ball Club, West Coast Ea­gles, AFL, WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion and State Govern­ment is not signed, it is said to be not far away.

West Coast Ea­gles chief ex­ec­u­tive Trevor Nisbett said the two clubs had an agree­ment in place and were wait­ing for the (West Aus­tralian) Foot­ball Com­mis­sion (WAFC) to re­solve any is­sues with the State (Govern­ment).

“So hope­fully that will be re­solved very soon,” he said.

“I am pretty sure it is pro­gress­ing and pro­gress­ing along the way but I am not sure how close.”

A Fre­man­tle Foot­ball Club spokesman said that they were not in a po­si­tion to com­ment be­cause an agree­ment had not yet been fi­nalised.

Work in progress on Perth Sta­dium’s play­ing sur­face and sur­round­ing area.

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