Perry Lakes Stadium
Perry Lakes Stadium is a former stadium located in Perth which opened in 1962 for the VII British Empire & Commonwealth Games in 1962. The venue closed in mid-2009 following completion of the new WA Athletics Stadium and demolition was completed in 2012 to make way for a residential development. A road is now situated where the athletics track once was and the historic scoreboard has been retained and refurbished.
The stadium included a main grandstand with undercover seating for 5,000 spectators and seating around the whole arena, with a total capacity around 30,000. During the 1962 games, temporary grandstands were also used to boost capacity, with 50,000 said to be in attendance at the opening ceremony.
Perry Lakes Stadium held a number of big events since 1962 including the WA soccer team playing Premier League teams back in the 70's and more recently the Rolling Stones concert in 1995. Sports to have been played at Perry Lakes include Athletics, Soccer & Rugby. Athletics Australia held its Perth leg of the national series at the venue each year, while in the year 2000, soccer returned to the stadium with local league club Western Knights playing home games at the athletics venue. It was also home to Western Australian Rugby Union Head Office, Basketball WA Head Office, Soccer Administration Head Office and the Ministry of Sport and Recreation. Also located at the stadium was a warm-up athletics track and indoor basketball stadium.
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