Optus Stadium, Perth’s new $1.45 billion, 60,000 world-class stadium is on track to open in January with confirmation that the stadium will host the One Day International cricket match between Australia and England on Sunday, 28 January, 2018.
Final tests are being carried out on public transport links including the operation of the new Perth Stadium Station by the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia. An upgraded East Perth Station will also help move the majority of a 60,000-strong crowd.
Over 80 per cent of crowds to Optus Stadium are expected to use public transport to and from events. The Perth Stadium Station can move up to 28,500 people within an hour after an event.
Events at Optus Stadium will be joint ticketed, which means the cost of public transport is included in event tickets.
A special event suburban bus network will operate for large-scale events and a CBD shuttle will operate between the venue and Elizabeth Quay Bus Station.
Early this month, the West Australian Government announced the telecommunications company Optus had signed a 10-year naming rights deal believed to be worth more than $50 million.
Construction commenced on the stadium and the surrounding Stadium Park in December 2014. It features five levels reaching a total height of 42 metres. Over 5,800 workers have been directly employed during construction.
Multiplex lead the consortium that was awarded the contract to deliver the stadium for the WA Government, located on the Burswood Peninsula.
Optus Stadium is one of several stadium construction projects which are continuing around Australia and follows the ongoing plans by the New South Wales Government to upgrade both Allianz and ANZ stadiums in Sydney as construction progresses on the new Western Sydney Stadium at Parramatta.
A community open day will be held at Optus Stadium on Sunday 21 January, 2018 in what will be the public’s first opportunity to see it first-hand.