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Fan first at high-tech stadium
Fan first at high-tech stadium

The Barnett Government has promised its proposed Burswood stadium will set new Australian standards for spectator comfort, viewing, amenity and technology, as it revealed the stadium project definition plan yesterday.

Better spectator lines of sight than Melbourne's renowned Etihad Stadium, two and a half times as many female toilets per spectator than Patersons Stadium and new general admission seat benchmarks are among the key design points.

The Government has also clearly tried to make its stadium design election-proof by declaring a stadium design mass 30 per cent bigger than the design for the Langoulant task force's Kitchener Park stadium, a bid to stave off Labor Party threats to take the project back to Subiaco if it wins government.

After reminding media of the Government's "fan first" approach to the stadium yesterday, Premier Colin Barnett claimed the project could not be achieved in Subiaco.

"The stadium is a larger stadium in terms of its footprint, 60,000 initially and with a large plaza concourse built around it," he said. "You could not build a stadium with this footprint in Subiaco. It just doesn't fit there and you would lose all the benefit of the surrounding sport precinct."

The design for the new stadium has its tiered seats as close to the action as Etihad Stadium, which is thought to be the best viewing stadium in Australia. But the seats will be elevated 1.5m higher, to allow "field club" corporate boxes at ground level and up to 6000 "bump-in" seats to be added to the 60,000-capacity for rectangular field sporting events like rugby and soccer.

Minister for Sport Terry Waldron labelled the project definition plan a "rule book" for the project to proceed by. "The amount of work done in the PDP is a lot more than usually happens so we really are set up," he said.

Spectators will not be the only beneficiaries.

West Coast and Fremantle will get their own dedicated change rooms, among five sets in the stadium design.

"It is going to be great for the people who go there to watch and the people who go there to play and coach," Mr Waldron said.

"They have been looked after and the fan first philosophy has been to the fore the whole time."

"The coaches' boxes will be the largest in Australia - to take 30 people.

"The innovation at the different levels from general admission right through to the highest corporate area is going to be fantastic.

"General admission will be a whole new ball game with beautiful, comfortable seats, wonderful vision. But also services at the back so you can get up from your seat, go to get food and beverage and actually be able to sit down."

The West Australian

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