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Burswood stadium parking battle rages
Artist's impression of proposed stadium at Burswood.

VIP and other premium ticketholders at the new Burswood stadium might have to park offsite at Belmont Park race course or the casino and be shuttled to the venue in buses as stadium planners grapple with a constricted local road network and shortfall of on site parking.

The stadium contains just 250 car parking bays in its basement with an additional 700 bays potentially available in the surrounding sporting precinct.

However, with the stadium set to feature as many as 8000 premium seats, representatives of WA's AFL clubs have told the Government's stadium steering committee they need much more parking onsite to attract sufficient VIP and premium ticket sales.

These customers are crucial because they will generate most of the revenue for the clubs.

Steering committee co-chair Richard Mann, of Treasury's Office of Strategic Projects, told a parliamentary committee today it was "no secret that football would like a significantly larger number of parking bays on site".

"From a planning perspective … it is undesirable to have a large number of people parking there," he said. "You would need to manage it for the public transport to work efficiently pre- and post-game.

"It also, on the road network, would cause significant problems, particularly on the Friday afternoon peak for Friday night games. "We are very keen to explore with football, particularly, solutions for using offsite parking for their premium product patrons."

Mr Mann said discussions would continue but it was "critical" for the success of the stadium that the public transport strategy was efficient.

The steering committee wants 83 per cent of people to arrive by public transport, compared to 61 per cent foreshadowed for Burswood in the 2007 Langoulant report and 40 per cent of people who currently use public transport to attend games at Paterson's Stadium in Subiaco.

The West Australian

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