Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett
Western Australia Minister for Sport and Recreation Terry Waldron
nib Stadium Welcomes Back Western Force
Victor P Taffa
- $95.14 Million redevelopment delivered in time for first Western Force home game
- Rugby fans will sit in new, permanent eastern grandstand for first time
Rugby fans will get their first chance to experience the new $95.14 Million redevelopment of nib Stadium tonight when the Western Force host their first home game of the 2013 season.
Premier Colin Barnett will officially open the redeveloped stadium at a VIP function before the game. He said the new venue offered greater spectator comfort, better viewing and some of the best sightlines for rectangular sports in Australia.
“Crowd capacity in the redeveloped stadium which includes the impressive new eastern grandstand will be about 20,500, with rectangular sports like soccer, rugby league and rugby union using the East Perth venue.” Premier Barnett said.
“This project has had a very tight timeframe and it is a credit to the State’s project team, BGC Construction and their sub-contractors, which it has been delivered on time and budget.”
“In addition, the State Government was able to deliver a new permanent southern stand and seating to the northern bowl within the $95.14 Million budget.” Premier Barnett said.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said he was pleased to see the project finished in time for the Western Force’s first home fixture for 2013.
“Fans can expect a really exciting night of rugby as we welcome the Force back to nib Stadium and enjoy the comfort of the striking eastern grandstand.” Mr. Waldron said.
Highlights of the redevelopment include:
- A permanent eastern stand, including 420 Open Corporate Reserve seats
- A permanent southern stand
- The completion of Gate 1 heritage works
- The installation of two 110 sqm LED video boards and LED perimeter signage, the biggest in WA venues
- Stadium lighting and drainage around the pitch perimeter
- The completion of northern corporate suites
- Whole of stadium PA and CCTV systems.
- Construction started in July 2012
- New playing pitch and seating to the northern bowl will be installed between the Western Force season and next A-League soccer season