West Australians have been warned that the $1.6 billion new Perth Stadium will be more difficult to access than Domain Stadium, the city's traditional football home that hosted its last match on Sunday.
The new stadium, funded entirely by taxpayers, is due to be opened with two Ed Sheeran concerts in March.
But the first few events it hosts are set to be logistically chaotic because a long-delayed multimillion dollar footbridge across the Swan River is yet to be built.
Sport Minister Mick Murray revealed he had asked the AFL to schedule only weekend and no Friday night matches at the stadium before June 30.
Meanwhile, the NRL will swoop into town to stage an opening-round double header at the stadium next season, before the AFL plays a game there.
South Sydney and the Bulldogs will host opponents at the 60,000-seat stadium on March 10 in the stadium's first football games.
The first Sheeran concert on March 2 was to be capped at 40,000 people because of worries about it clashing with peak hour commuters but that has now been lifted to 55,000 with extra transport provided.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the stadium was spectacular and will be appreciated in years to come.
"But there are challenges getting in and out and also it's a change in how we operate," she told reporters.
"To access Domain I used to make very last-minute decisions, this will require a lot more planning and a lot more patience to access the stadium."
She said between 80 and 90 per cent of visitors were expected to use public transport to get to the Burswood venue, compared to roughly 50 per cent for Subiaco-based Domain.
However Ms Saffioti warned it may take 90 minutes to clear the area of concert goers after.
She said the government could not afford to delay opening the stadium until the bridge was in place because it needed revenue.
"If we don't open the stadium for events it will start costing taxpayers money too."