Barnett seeks $100m for new stadium

WA “deserves” at least $100 million in federal funding towards Perth’s new high-tech sports stadium, according to Premier Colin Barnett.

After a series of successive blows, the WA Liberals rolled out some positive news today, revealing the luxurious surroundings Perth sports fans can expect when the new stadium is completed in 2018.

The stadium will include around 1000 television screens, as well as two super screens at least 20m by 12m in size, Wi-Fi access, mobile phone quiet zones and at least 10 mobile phone recharging stations.

And to help pay for it all, Mr Barnett wants Canberra to assist with the $1 billion cost, with the case already put to Opposition leader Tony Abbott when he visited the Burswood site last weekend.

“Tony Abbott did say he was supportive of it, but there was no firm commitment,” Mr Barnett said.

“I would hope the Commonwealth would contribute 10 per cent, which would be about $100 million. They have made similar contributions in Sydney, to the MCG and every other stadium - why not WA?

“I think we deserve at least that.”

A 2000 page document, containing a list of specifications, has been handed to the three consortia vying to build the new sports venue, which will also include a premium Field Club to allow fans to watch home team players warming up.

Players are also in for a luxury experience, with facilities including four six-person plunge pools, as well as two 12-person hot tubs.

Two of the warm-up rooms will also have the capacity for use as an indoor cricket practice facility.

The consortia have until mid-December to submit a fully costed response. The successful consortium will be selected by June next year.