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Perth Stadium

Perth Stadium, located in the Burswood district of Perth, Western Australia. However, it is a multipurpose stadium that is now known as Optus Stadium due to sponsorship issues.

After being finished in late 2017, it was formally inaugurated on January 21, 2018. With 61,266 seats overall, standing room included, the stadium is the third-largest in Australia (after the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Stadium Australia).Hence, Up to 65,000 seats can be added to the stadium for rectangular sports.

Big Bash at Perth Stadium

Perth Stadium is mostly utilized for cricket and Australian Rules football. However, Perth’s two Australian Football League (AFL) clubs, the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Football Club, moved their home games from Subiaco Oval to Perth Stadium.

Therefore, The Perth Scorchers, who had previously played at the WACA Ground, now play their Big Bash League home games at Perth Stadium.

Perth Stadium
Perth Stadium

Perth Stadium History

The Western Australian Government commissioned an assessment in 2003 to look at what might happen to the state’s major sports stadiums. They created a taskforce to carry out the review. The final report was released in May 2007 and it was led by John Langoulant, the CEO of the Western Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Hence, the report suggested building a new 60,000-seat stadium in East Perth or Kitchener Park, which is next to Subiaco Oval. Therefore, this stadium would be appropriate for sports with rectangular fields, like rugby league, rugby union, and soccer, as well as Australian Rules football and cricket.

Perth stadium information

NamePerth Stadium
ownerGovernment of Western Australia Venues West
Also known asOptus Stadium
SurfaceSynthetic stabilized turf
EndsLanger Stand End, Member’s End

 Subiaco Oval

The majority of the new Subiaco stadium was supposed to be finished in 2014, with construction set to begin in 2011 and end in 2016. Between 2014 and 2016, Subiaco Oval was scheduled to be demolished in order to make way for Perth Stadium’s completion.

Hence, with the stadium being two thirds constructed and initially holding 40,000 spectators, Australian Rules football may have been played at the new location by 2014 thanks to the staged construction.

Therefore, the last phase would raise the stadium’s capacity to 60,000 when it is finished in 2016.

Perth Stadium Test Matches

Total matches4
Matches won bowling first4
Average 1st Inns scores456
Average 2nd Inns scores250
Average 3rd Inns scores218
Average 4th Inns scores183
Highest total recorded598/4 (152.4 Overs) By WI vs AUS  
Lowest total recorded89/10 (30.2 Overs) By AUS vs PAK
Highest score chased0/0 (0 Overs) By vs
Lowest score defended140/10 (56 Overs) By AUS vs IND
test match

Perth Stadium ODI Match

Total matches5
Matches won batting first1
Matches won bowling first4
Average 1st Inns scores178
Average 2nd Inns scores177
Highest total recorded259/10 (47.4 Overs) By AUS vs ENG
Lowest total recorded152/10 (38.1 Overs) By RSA vs AUS
Highest score chased185/6 (59.5 Overs) By AUSW vs NZW
Lowest score defended259/10 (47.4 Overs) By AUS vs ENG
ODI match

Perth Stadium T20 Match

Total matches7
Matches won batting first2
Matches won bowling first5
Average 1st Inns scores133
Average 2nd Inns scores134
Highest total recorded208/6 (20 Overs) By AUS vs ENG
Highest score chased158/3 (16.3 Overs) By SL vs AUS
Lowest score defended130/8 (20 Overs) By PAK vs ZIM
T20 match
Perth Stadium
Perth Stadium

Burswood area

The State Government declared in June 2011 that Burswood’s new stadium would be constructed on the northern portion of the Burswood Park golf course. According to the government, the Burswood location was chosen because it was free from nearby development constraints and had the added advantage of being government-owned.

Therefore, it would also enable the construction of a six-platform Perth Stadium train station for special events. Which could be linked to the CBD by a pedestrian bridge that spans the Swan River to East Perth. Hence, the stadium was not designed with a parking lot.

Instead, guests were supposed to take public transportation or park in the city and walk across the bridge.

According to the government, planning for the new Burswood stadium was supposed to be finished by the middle of 2012. Construction was supposed to start in 2014 and be finished by the end of 2018. It declared that Populous will serve as the project’s design advisors and named Multiplex as the stadium’s construction contract holders.

Perth Stadium cost

After the Barnett Government announced that the proposed stadium would now be placed in Burswood. Hence, it was estimated that the stadium would cost approximately $700 million, with an additional $300 million going toward construction of public transportation infrastructure.

But Premier Colin Barnett said in December 2011 that “no one can put a price on it until it’s designed, until it goes out to tender,” meaning that it was too soon to estimate the total cost.

Prior to this, the Major Stadia Taskforce of the previous Government estimated that the Burswood stadium option would cost $1.147 billion in total, including transportation requirements.

Therefore, The West Australian newspaper revealed in June 2011 that the entire cost, assuming work starts within two years, will be close to $1.5 billion due to a rise in building expenses since the task force report’s 2007 release.


A Twenty20 cricket match with the Perth Scorchers and the England Lions took place at the stadium for the first time on December 11, 2017.

Hence, Two days later, the same teams played again. On January 21, 2018, a free community open day marked the official opening to the public.

Perth stadium naming privileges

The government would not sell the stadium’s naming rights, according to then-Premier Colin Barnett. Perth Stadium was ultimately chosen as the name since it better reflected Western Australia. Hence, Labor, which was in opposition at the time, declared in the run-up to the March 2017 state election that it intended to sell the naming rights to Perth Stadium and Perth Arena in order to put the state budget back in surplus if it were to gain government.

The Perth Stadium name was first suggested to be retained, or at least to include “Perth” in any naming rights agreement.

However, on November 8, 2017, the McGowan government declared that Optus Stadium will be the official name of the stadium. An estimated $50 million was exchanged for name rights over a ten-year period between the state government and Optus, the second-biggest telco in Australia. Because of Cricket Australia’s contractual commitments, the stadium is referred to as Perth Stadium during international cricket matches.

Perth Stadium
Perth Stadium


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