10/05/2017 - 15:37

Perth Stadium to open in March

10/05/2017 - 15:37

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The state government has confirmed that Perth Stadium will not be ready to host the Ashes cricket Test in December this year, saying the first confirmed event was an Ed Sheeran concert on March 3 2018.

Perth Stadium to open in March

The state government has confirmed that Perth Stadium will not be ready to host the Ashes cricket Test in December this year, saying the first confirmed event was an Ed Sheeran concert on March 3 2018.

The government said it was keeping open the possibility of an earlier-than-scheduled opening, with a number of events occurring before the Ed Sheeran concert under consideration for the official stadium opening

These may include a one-day cricket match between Australia and England on January 28.

The government will continue to work with promoters and other stakeholders to investigate potential events.

Treasurer Ben Wyatt said the government was working very hard to get the stadium finished on time.

“The Perth Stadium Steering Committee is of the view that given the ongoing construction of the stadium precinct, hosting the Ashes Test presented an unacceptable high level of risk,” Mr Wyatt said in a statement.

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray said the idea of an Ashes Test opening the Perth Stadium was only ever a Colin Barnett thought bubble.

“The scheduled opening has always been the start of the 2018 AFL season and that is what we’re working towards,” he said.

Construction of the stadium is 82 per cent complete.

The government said it wanted to ensure stadium users had the best possible event-day experience by ensuring transport, logistics, staffing arrangements and other necessities were rigorously tested prior to opening.

One of the challenges facing the government was the delayed construction of the pedestrian bridge across the Swan River to the back end of pacing venue Gloucester Park.

The pedestrian plan for the stadium envisages up to 14,300 patrons would leave via the new pedestrian bridge, with a further 8,600 are expected to walk across the existing Windan Bridge.

The new train station adjacent to the stadium has a maximum capacity of 28,000 people in the hour after an event.

The Ashes Test will be played at the WACA ground from December 14 to 18 2017.

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