Perth Stadium is now 82 per cent complete and on track for the start of the 2018 AFL season.
- Perth Stadium on track for opening of 2018 AFL season
- Ed Sheeran concert on March 3, 2018 confirmed
- State Government remains hopeful for earlier opening date
- Ashes cricket test to be played at the WACA Ground
The McGowan Government is delighted to have secured content for the stadium already, including the Ed Sheeran concert on March 3, 2018 and a lot of work will go into making sure the stadium can host this event.
The State Government is keeping the possibility of an earlier-than-scheduled completion open, with a number of events occurring before the Ed Sheeran concert under consideration for the official stadium opening. The Government will continue to work with promoters and other stakeholders to investigate potential events befitting of the stadium's world-class status.
However, hosting the December Ashes Test at the Perth Stadium presents too great a risk, which is why the State Government has confirmed with Cricket Australia that the Perth Test will be played at the WACA Ground from December 14 to 18, 2017.
The State Government is committed to making sure stadium users have the best possible event day experience by ensuring transport, logistics, staffing arrangements and other necessities are rigorously tested prior to opening.
Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt:
"Western Australian taxpayers have paid a lot of money for this stadium so it's important we start to get some use out of it. It will be a world-class stadium when finished and an important community asset, and we are working very hard to get it 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."
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
"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.
"Hosting the Ashes Test at the new stadium would have been a spectacle, but unfortunately it's just not possible and the State Government is now working to correct the problems we have inherited.
"Confirmation of the Ed Sheeran concert in March 2018, just ahead of the first AFL match is a fantastic outcome for Western Australians, and we will continue to investigate the possibility of earlier events."