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New stadium to be Australia’s best
New stadium to be 'Australia’s best'

“Australia’s best stadium” features bronze metal cladding, soaring glass windows, a “halo” fabric and steel roof and sweeping views of the Swan River and the city.

The State Government yesterday unveiled the long-awaited first images of the 60,000-seat stadium that will be built on the former Burswood golf course.

Set amid landscaped parklands inspired by traditional Aboriginal stories, the stadium will feature a cup holder in each seat, more than 70 food and drink outlets and wi-fi throughout the complex and its surrounds.

The stadium’s five tiers will boast 13 premium seating options, including field club where fans watch the game at arena level amid the players’ benches and warm-up areas.

Other options will include a chairman’s lounge on level two and a coach’s club on level three, which could feature up-close access to the coaches’ boxes.

Light and bright, the stadium features high and wide open concourses, including standing room areas.

The lightweight roof will cover 85 per cent of seating and can be lit in home-team colours.

Two 240sqm TV screens will broadcast from behind the goalposts at the eastern and western ends of the stadium.

LED “ribbon boards” will adorn the arena perimeter fence and the first tier.

There will be 1000 smaller TV screens throughout the stadium and sound will be piped into the toilets.
The stadium will have 781 female and 748 male toilets.

Seats can be “dropped in” to the arena to accommodate rectangular field sports.

The Government hopes the surrounding precinct will be used on event and non-event days.

There is flexible event space for functions of up to 1500 people and restaurants on the building’s perimeter that it is hoped will operate year-round.

A community oval on the northern side of the stadium will be used for VIP parking on match days.

The parkland surrounds include an arbour, or green archway, that links the stadium train station on the north of the site to a footbridge spanning the Swan River at the south-west.

“It will be without doubt the best sporting stadium in Australia,” Premier Colin Barnett said yesterday. The stadium, which has been touted by the Government as fan friendly, was designed and will be built, partly financed and maintained for the next 25 years by a consortium led by Brookfield Multiplex, the multinational construction company that has its roots in Perth.

The State Government says the stadium’s up-front cost has come in at about $40 million under its $902 million budget.

But taxpayers will ultimately pay about $1.13 billion in today’s dollars to cover construction, maintenance and interest payments for the consortium’s 40 per cent share of the capital costs.

It is in addition to $300 million of spending on upgrades to transport infrastructure, making it the most expensive single stadium development in Australia’s history.

The State Government is yet to negotiate a deal with the stadium’s likely major tenant, football.

In a statement, the WA Football Commission, which owns the licences for the West Coast and Fremantle AFL clubs, congratulated the Government on a “major milestone” but shifted the focus to future negotiations.

“Financial arrangements flowing from the stadium must enable the WAFC to fulfil its overarching responsibility to grow, promote and develop the game at every level across WA,” it said.

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