Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about Perth Stadium including its location, environment, sports and governance.

Perth Stadium

What events will be held at the Stadium?

Perth Stadium will be a multi-purpose venue capable of hosting Australian rules football (AFL), rugby union and league, cricket and football (soccer) as well as entertainment events.

When will it be ready?

Construction of Perth Stadium and the surrounding Stadium Park commenced in December 2014 and will be completed by the end of 2017. This will allow a transition phase ahead of the official opening - a free Community Open Day, on 20 January 2018.

Details available here.

What will the Stadium look like?

In July 2013, the Perth Stadium Request for Proposals (RFP) document was released and this 2,000 page document provided a range of minimum standards that the design must meet. Additionally, it outlined the technical, operational and commercial requirements to design, build, partially finance and maintain the Stadium and Sports Precinct.

Design specifications focused on providing a spectacular fan experience with state of the art technology, seating as close to the field of play as possible, plus comfortable and well-proportioned seats.

Following a four month review and evaluation process, on 15 April, 2014 the Premier and Minister for Sport and Recreation announced Westadium as the Preferred Respondent. The contract was finalised and the design revealed on 17 July 2014.

View images and videos for images of the Perth Stadium and surrounding Stadium Park.

How many seats?

Perth Stadium will initially have a capacity of 60,000 seats with the potential of increasing to 70,000.

It will be the third largest stadium in Australia providing premium views for everyone.

Why Burswood Peninsula?

The Burswood Peninsula site is the only one that offers the space and location to create a whole new entertainment and sports precinct for Perth. 

The Stadium will be located on the northern portion of the former Burswood Park Golf Course and links neatly with other developments being carried out by this Government. Imagine walking past the spectacular new Elizabeth Quay project and then crossing the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge to enter the east side of the Stadium Park and Perth Stadium. On the way home you might take a different route ending up at the new Perth Cultural Centre before taking a train home.

What is the status of the drop-in cricket wickets?

Five drop-in cricket wickets have been constructed and were delivered to Perth Stadium from Gloucester Park in April 2017.

In February 2016, a drop-in cricket wicket prototype was trialed across five months (read the details of the trial here) and produced positive results.

WACA CEO Christina Matthews is “extremely confident in producing a pitch that replicated the modern WACA Ground of the past couple of decades. It will be fast, it will have bounce.”

Results from the trial can be found here.

How much will the Stadium cost?

The project budget is $AUS 918.4 million, as confirmed in the Project Definition Plan (PDP) released in September 2012. It comprises:

  • Stadium - $820.7 million
  • Stadium Park - $81.7 million
  • Project Management - $16 million

The PDP has considered the capital budget required based on the design and construction of Perth Stadium plus the essential infrastructure in the surrounding Stadium Park. Considerations were given to inflation and all costs are exclusive of GST.

There is an additional transport infrastructure budget of $358.64 million. It comprises:

  • Stadium Station, the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge and bus stands at East Perth and the Stadium - $339.2 million.
  • Project Management - $19.39 million

In July 2014, the Westadium consortium was awarded the contract to design, build, partially finance and maintain the Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct for 25 years. The total cost of the contract is $1.212 billion (net present cost). This represents a saving of over $300 million when compared to the Public Sector Comparator, the estimated cost of public sector delivery based on traditional publicly funded procurement processes.

Due to the Public and Private Partnership (PPP), the accounting treatment presents as a finance lease, which is explained in a comprehensive fact sheet available on the Department of Treasury website.

The fact sheet also includes information on financial arrangements of the operating phase of the DBFM contract as well as the financial arrangements of the Operator contract, awarded in June 2016.

What is the construction program for the Stadium and Stadium Park?

View the construction animation illustrating the process and key milestones in delivering the Perth Stadium and surrounding Stadium Park over the three year construction period.

What was the purpose of  the Pre-Construction Site (PCS) works?

The PCS works prepared the site for construction of the Stadium and related infrastructure. The works, which were completed by Ertech Keller Joint Venture, commenced in June 2013 and the physical component was completed six weeks ahead of schedule in March 2014. 

Initially, the PCS works involved preparing the site for ground treatment by removing some trees, topsoil and vegetation, and backfilling the irrigation lake (adjacent to the entry road to the former golf course).

Over nine hectares of the site was treated with dynamic compaction, using a falling weight dropped from a crane to collapse any existing subsurface voids in the landfill layer such as old car bodies.

Approximately 55,000 vertical “wick” drains were inserted into the soil, followed by the distribution of 740,000 tonnes of sand surcharge to slowly push down and compact the underlying ground over a six to nine month settlement period. 

The “wick” drains are prefabricated plastic drainage tubes covered in cloth and extend down to the base of the soft river mud. They allow water to drain from the mud layer as it is compressed by the sand fill, thereby accelerating settlement.

Further information on PCS works.

Project management

Who is managing the project?

A Steering Committee for Perth Stadium has been established under the joint chairmanship of Ron Alexander, Special Advisor Public Sector Commission and Richard Mann, Executive Director Strategic Projects, Department of Finance.

Other steering Committee members include:

  • Mr Richard Sellers, Director General, Department of Transport (DoT);
  • Ms Gail McGowan, Director General, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH);
  • Mr David Etherton, Chief Executive Officer, VenuesWest (VW);
  • Mr Barry Sargeant, Chairman, Burswood Park Board (BPB);
  • Mr Nicholas Egan, Acting State Solicitor, State Solicitor’s Office (SSO);
  • Ms Anne Nolan, Director General, DoF; and
  • Mr Malcolm Bradshaw, Acting Deputy Director General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC).

Who are you consulting with?

Nine User Groups have been engaged throughout the project and they include:

  1. Access and inclusion
  2. Cricket
  3. Emergency services
  4. Football
  5. Media
  6. Rectangular sports
  7. Sports fans
  8. Stadium events
  9. Stadium operations

The User Groups provided input into the design and operational components across a number of formal meetings held in early 2013. This feedback formed a key part of the Requests for Proposals documentation.

The Project Team are continuing to work with the User Groups during the Design Development phase of the project, assisting architects to refine the design.

Further information on each user group.


Transport to and from the Stadium 

How will transport issues be addressed?

The Public Transport Authority (PTA) is working with the Stadium Project Team to consider all public transport, vehicle access and pedestrian movement requirements, based on a target of 83% of a capacity crowd using public transport. All options are being examined including additional rail and bus requirements.

Further information and updates on the transport works.

How many people are expected to take public transport?

Public transport will move 83% of a capacity crowd within an hour of an event finishing at Perth Stadium.

This will be achieved through a mix of:

  • 28,000 by train (between the new Perth Stadium Station and East Perth Station)
  • 8,100 by bus from the Stadium Bus Stands
  • 14,000 over the new pedestrian footbridge, linking East Perth to the Burswood Peninsula, and dispersed via the shuttle service to CBD car parks and existing parking facilities in East Perth.

What is the timeline for the transport infrastructure?

The transport infrastructure, with the exception of the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge, will be complete by late-2017, the same time as the Stadium construction.

The Swan River Pedestrian Bridge construction completion target date is set for March 2018.

Has a ferry service been considered?

A public jetty will be constructed north of the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge, alongside the Perth Stadium and Park.

The Department of Transport is currently securing all the necessary statutory planning and environmental approvals before construction commences, which is expected in mid-2017.

In the short-term once the Stadium opens, the jetty will only be serviced by private craft and charter services on both event and non-event days with public transport ferry services a longer-term consideration.

Why was Nelson Crescent selected as the East Perth location for the Pedestrian Bridge?

After reviewing multiple options, Nelson Avenue was identified as the best landing point on the East Perth side as it:

  • is easy walking distance to and from Perth Stadium
  • dilutes the number of people crossing at any one point and eases pressure on East Perth roads and pedestrian facilities, particularly on Claisebrook Cove
  • provides an ideal launching point for the CBD shuttle bus service
  • provides nearby residents with the most convenient access to the Burswood Peninsula and associated attractions, and vice versa

Why couldn't the Windan Bridge be the only pedestrian connection between East Perth and the Peninsula, removing the need for a new pedestrian bridge?

Modelling has shown that even with expensive and extensive modifications, the Windan and Goongoongup bridges could not accommodate the number of people expected to walk across the Swan River. The new pedestrian bridge redirects a significant portion of these people away from the high-density East Perth residential area to purpose-built bus stands off Nelson Avenue.

What will the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge look like?

The design of the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge was revealed on 7 June 2015.

Read about and view images of the Bridge here.

View the animation.

Need more information?

How can local residents and the general public contact the Stadium Project Team with enquiries?

For email enquiries, please email

For phone enquiries, please call 08 9428 1961

Where can I learn more about the Perth Stadium project?

For updates on the project, please visit the latest news page or subscribe to our e-newsletter.