Perth Stadium is due to be completed in time for the 2018 AFL season, with a capacity of 60,000 seats. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Sydney firm to run stadium

The state government is facing a period of tough negotiations with Perth’s AFL clubs over access to the new Perth Stadium after rejecting a bid by the WA Football Commission to be involved in running the venue.

Stadium Australia Operations, which runs the former Olympic stadium in Sydney, has been named as preferred operator after outgunning three competing bidders.

WAFC chairman Murray McHenry said he was deeply disappointed by the decision, and believed that football and its major international partners had the experience, skills and imagination to operate the new stadium for all Western Australians.


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Good on the state Government in this instance. The WAFC would have acted soley to benefit AFL at the expense of other codes. The new stadium needs to be a venue for all West Australians, not just AFL supporters.

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