Big player to head Perth Arena
Big player to head Perth Arena

The man who has overseen the rise of Sydney's Acer Arena as the third most profitable venue in the world has been appointed boss of the soon-to-be-completed Perth Arena.

Since 2000, David Humphreys has been general manager of Acer Arena, formerly known as the Sydney Superdome.

During that time it has risen to become the city's premier entertainment venue, with a Billboard magazine report last month placing it No 3 on a list of the world's most profitable venues.

It was beaten only by London's 02 Arena and the world renowned Madison Square Garden in New York.

On Wednesday, it was announced Mr Humphreys would leave his post at Acer Arena to take up the job of general manager of the Perth Arena in 2011.

Harvey Lister, chief executive of the arena's preferred operator AEG Ogden, said Mr Humphreys was eager to return to Perth to take charge of opening the $500 million venue.

"While David will be missed in Sydney, this was too good an opportunity for him to pass up," Mr Lister said in a statement.

"David knows the local scene better than most, having managed the old Perth Entertainment Centre for many years before being headhunted to run the Sydney SuperDome."

Perth Arena will open in 2012, with a capacity of up to 15,000 for music concerts.

The West Australian

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