Optus Stadium will set the world – or at least Perth – on fire now that it has officially opened its doors to the public. The multi-purpose venue, with an impressive capacity of at least 60,000, will be the nation’s third-largest stadium (after the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Stadium Australia) and will house the West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers and the Perth Scorchers, with rumours circulating that Perth Glory might want to relocate as well.
Those are a lot of tenants for one building, but the stadium promises to be up to the task, with seating arrangements suitable for a variety of events, including sports, conventions and concerts. It also boasts several corporate suites, 50 food and beverage outlets, restaurants with city views, over 1,500 toilets, and most exciting of all – a cup holder on every seat!
But the stadium isn’t the only attraction. Chevron Parkland, a manicured public area between the building and the Swan River, will exhibit artwork and leisure amenities fit for the entire family.
“The play areas will include various climbing, balancing, tunnelling and chill-out elements, plus sand pits and lookouts”, affirms Mia Davies, minister for Sport and Recreation. “[It also] has picnic and barbecue facilities in close proximity for easy access and supervision”.
So, what will this $1.6 billion investment mean for Perth? Well, for sports fans and music lovers, we know it promises to be an entertainment venue unlike any other, but a project as massive as this will inevitably impact the economy as well.
One of its main goals is to elevate Western Australia on the global map and draw in tourists. To do this, it will require a workforce upward of 2,300 and a public transportation system efficient enough to ferry tens of thousands of people without congestion.
The stadium’s organisers are already starting big, with soccer giants Chelsea F.C. set to take on Perth Glory in July or August, and both Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran locked in as musical headliners. Such events will more than likely attract fans from all over the world and fuel the city’s economic growth, especially in the hospitality sector.
Optus Stadium is just one part of a larger picture, and with Perth planning to redevelop Riverside into a first-class complex of shops and residences, and with the skyline-changing Perth World Trade Centre looming on the horizon, more opportunities for investments and a higher standard of living are definitely around the corner.