On 19 June 2010, The West Australian published my opinion piece arguing that the Burswood peninsula is the place to build a stadium to replace Subiaco Oval. The Burswood site offered the chance to establish a precinct and avoid disruption to sport while it was being constructed. In July 2011, then-Premier Colin Barnett appointed me as Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier to assist with the planning and development of the new Stadium. I was grateful for and relished the opportunity, along with then-Sport and Recreation Minister Hon Terry Waldron MLA, to be part of the Stadium steering committee during its design and development stages.
It was with pleasure and excitement that I, along the Leader of the Opposition Dr Mike Nahan MLA and thousands of other Western Australians, attended the Stadium open day in January 2018. Many who have seen the Stadium would agree that it is a spectacular infrastructure. At a glance, the Stadium is equipped with:
- A 60,000-seat capacity (with additional capacity possible within the existing design and structure if event demand warrants it);
- Full 4G technology coverage;
- Two 340sqm super screens;
- Over 1,000 television screens strategically located throughout the interior of the Stadium;
- 600 bike racks;
- Over 1,400 toilets;
- Over 70 food and beverage options; and
- Extensive accessibility options for Individuals Requiring Universal Access (IRUA).
The Stadium is a multi-purpose venue that will host Australian Rules Football, cricket, rugby league and union, football (soccer) and entertainment events. It is the third largest capacity stadium in Australia after the Melbourne Cricket Ground (with capacity of over 100,000 people) and Stadium Australia in Sydney (84,000).
Thanks to the vision of the former Liberal-led government, Western Australia now has a stadium that will promote the state to the world, draw scores of tourists/visitors to the state and fuel economic activities, while giving a first-class venue for Western Australians to watch elite sport. I am proud to be part of this project and its journey. I encourage all Western Australians to take the opportunity to experience it.