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Western Australia reveals details of new stadium in Perth

08 May 2012 (Last Updated May 8th, 2012 18:30)

Western Australia's state government has unveiled the details of a new A$700m stadium at Burswood, Perth.

Burswood stadium in Perth

Western Australia’s state government has unveiled the details of a new A$700m stadium at Burswood, Perth.

The new stadium will be 165m long and 130m wide, with an east-west orientation.

The arena will have an initial capacity of 60,000 seats and may be expanded in future to accommodate 80,000 spectators.

The stadium will feature ground-level hospitality boxes positioned near the boundary line, a terrace and field clubs.

Western Australia Minister for State Development Colin Barnett said: "The important thing about these announcements is that they form the foundation for all of the other design requirements for the stadium."

The new stadium will have the third-biggest capacity in Australia and become the second-biggest home stadium in the Australian Football League (AFL).

The stadium is also expected to encourage further development of Burswood Peninsula and create an entertainment and retail precinct on the eastern edge of Perth, which will link to the new Riverside and Perth Waterfront developments as well as the Perth Link, the Cultural Centre and the Perth Arena.

The Western Australian state government has so far committed A$375m towards the stadium.

Western Australia Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said the decisions were a result of consultation with sporting bodies.

"One design innovation being considered is the inclusion of ‘field clubs’ – onfield hospitality facilities at ground level bringing the fans much closer to the action zone," Waldron said.

In December 2011, the Western Australia Government appointed Populous as an architectural consultant for the stadium.

Construction of the stadium is expected to start in 2013 or 2014 and is due to be completed in time for the 2018 AFL season.

Image: The new stadium will be located in the northern section of the Burswood Park golf course in Australia. Photo: Government of Western Australia.