Western Australia fans have a field day


Australia Optus Stadium planning for big crowds Image: Optus Stadium

With the COVID-19 situation getting better in Western Australia, venues across the Australian State – including Perth’s Optus Stadium – have been permitted to greet 100 percent capacity crowds from April 11th.

‘Australasian Leisure Management’ stated that the Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan announced the easing of COVID-19 venue capacity changes in the State on April 9th, advising, “I am pleased to announce that based on the latest public health advice, from April 9th, we will be raising capacity limits for certain indoor and outdoor venue with fixed seating to 100 percent, with no upper numerical cap. This is big step forward in the removal of restrictions – one that we can only take due to the hard work from Western Australians across the community, giving health experts the confidence to proceed.”

McGowan added, “WA’s major venues such as the 75,000-capacity Optus Stadium, the 15,500-capacity RAC Arena, the 4,500-capacity HBF Stadium – Main Arena, and the 20,500-capacity HBF Park will be able to have 100 percent of the fixed seating capacity in the spectator seating and special seating spaces.”

The Premier continued, “I want to thank all Western Australians for their efforts in keeping Western Australia safe from COVID-19. Our situation in Western Australia is very encouraging and if it continues to track the way it is, it will demonstrate good reason for further changes – pending public health advice at the time.”

Perth Stadium, also known by naming rights sponsorship as Optus Stadium, is a multipurpose stadium in Perth, Western Australia, located in the suburb of Burswood. It was completed in late 2017 and officially opened on January 21st, 2018.

‘Australasian Leisure Management’ further stated that with the move allowing up to 60,000 people to attend sporting fixtures at Optus Stadium, the Fremantle Dockers’s Australian Football League (AFL) clash against Hawthorn on April 11th was the first match allowed to be played in front of a full capacity crowd in 18 months. Dockers scored a 15-point victory over Hawthorne in the fixture.

Welcoming the announcement, a delighted Fremantle Chief Executive, Simon Garlick, exulted, “We were very excited to welcome as many Freo (read Fremantle) members and supporters as we possibly can to Optus Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The lifting of the crowd capacity is a fantastic thing for the State.”

The Fremantle Football Club, nicknamed the Dockers, is a professional Australian rules football team competing in the Australian Football League (AFL), the pre-eminent competition of the sport. The team was founded in 1994 to represent and honor the rich footballing history associated with the port City of Fremantle.

The Hawthorn Football Club, nicknamed the Hawks, is a professional Australian rules football club based in Mulgrave, Victoria, that competes in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club was founded in 1902 in the inner-East suburb of Hawthorn, making it the youngest Victorian-based team in the AFL.

The Australian Football League is the pre-eminent and only fully professional men’s competition of Australian rules football. Through the AFL Commission, the AFL also serves as the sport’s governing body and is responsible for controlling the laws of the game.

While Fremantle are yet to hold a sell-out crowd for a non-derby game, West Coast Eagles fans will be excited by the news with the Eagles set to take on Collingwood Magpies in the April 16th blockbuster, and it is expected to be a full house Optus Stadium since the 2019 AFL season.

The West Coast Eagles Football Club is a professional Australian rules football club based in the inner-Perth suburb of Lathlain, Western Australia.

The Collingwood Football Club, nicknamed the Magpies or colloquially the Pies, is a professional Australian rules football club based in Melbourne, Victoria, that was formed in 1892 in the suburb of Collingwood.

The Western Derby has been confirmed by the AFL for Round 7, allowing for another packed house opportunity at Optus Stadium.

The Western Derby is the name given to the Australian rules football match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers, who both participate in the Australian Football League. As both teams are based in Perth, the capital City of Western Australia, the term ‘derby’ is used to describe the match.

Indoor and Outdoor venues

The following indoor and outdoor venues will be able to move to 100 percent of the fixed seating capacity, and SafeWA and contact registers will continue as mandatory:

  • Auditoriums and amphitheaters;
  • Theaters;
  • Concert halls;
  • Cinemas;
  • Comedy lounges; and
  • Performing arts centers.

SafeWA is the Western Australia Government’s free online contact register app that’s easy to use, safe and contactless.

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