Western Australia Minister for Sport and Recreation Terry Waldron
A Modern, State-Of-The-Art Rectangular Stadium For 25,000 Spectators
Victor P Taffa
ME Bank Stadium will become Perth’s major rectangular stadium as a result of an $83 Million commitment in the 2010-11 State Budget.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said construction on the state-of-the-art stadium was expected to start in 2012, with the timetable contingent on the State Government reaching agreement with the Town of Vincent on the future ownership of the facility.
“A rectangular stadium provides the best viewing experience for sports such as rugby and soccer.” Mr. Waldron said.
“The success of the move of the Western Force from Subiaco Oval to ME Bank Stadium this year has highlighted the need for a rectangular facility and the Government has moved to meet this need.”
“We look forward to many successful seasons on and off the field for the Perth Glory, the Western Force, and perhaps even a league team.”
“The State Government is pleased to use the proceeds of the Government’s solid economic management to deliver this new facility for the benefit of the community.” Mr. Waldron said.
The Minister said while the transformation from Perth Oval to the current facility has served its purpose, the ultimate vision for ME Bank Stadium is a modern, state-of-the-art facility for up to 25,000 spectators.
The first step will be the development of a business case, which will confirm the masterplan for the facility and the works that will make up stage one of the development.
“At a minimum, stage one will result in the replacement of the existing temporary grandstand on the eastern side with a permanent structure, and improvements to the pitch to ensure it can withstand the extra use” Mr. Waldron said.
Other improvements that will be considered include:
- Additional corporate facilities;
- New change rooms and player amenities;
- Better toilets;
- More food stands.