The WAFC's strategy is to use and build upon the $108 million of existing infrastructure at Subiaco Oval rather than make this huge financial and social investment redundant. The infrastructure on the site can be intelligently expanded and redeveloped to create a state-of-the-art stadium, providing a more sustainable economic and social benefit for Western Australia.
Families and sports lovers are the big winners in the full proposed redevelopment with the number of seats available to them increasing by more than 15,000, while corporate seats increase by just over 1,000.
The redevelopment will enable Subiaco Oval to meet the immediate and future demand from Western Australian families for more tickets to football, other major sporting events and enable Perth to host the best in international live entertainment. The redeveloped Subiaco Oval will be a family's stadium.
The WAFC's vision is to redevelop Subiaco Oval in a way that significantly increases the use of public transport by spectators through new rail, bus and parking strategies. A new entry plaza to the north of the stadium will have direct links to the public transport system. The dispersal of spectators from the railway stations to the plaza and around the stadium will provide an efficient system of distributing patrons and minimising their impact on nearby residents.
The end result of the redevelopment vision will be:
- A redevelopment to reach an ultimate capacity of 60,000 seats that can be staged to match growing public demand
- Increased public, particularly family, seating with improved seat spacing and sightlines
- Entertainment and multi-sports capabilities for AFL football, cricket, athletics, rugby, soccer, concerts and other live entertainment
- Construction of a 'civic' structure. Subiaco Oval will become a centrepiece of an urban revitalisation project for the surrounding precinct which offers significant economic and social benefits for Western Australia. Opportunities exist for sinking the railway line and for mixed urban development of adjacent commercial and residential areas
- A construction process that will allow sporting and other events to continue at Subiaco Oval during the redevelopment
- A design that integrates and upgrades existing stands with brand new state-of-the-art facilities
- A stadium that takes the redeveloped MCG as its benchmark for design, particularly in areas like wider seat spacing, improved disabled access, enhanced sightlines, back-of-house space, purpose built catering outlets and function rooms, superior quality rest rooms, enhanced access such as escalators and lifts, high quality fittings and finishes and improved safety and security provisions
- A northern focused entry to the stadium that increases access to and from public transport and reduces the impact on Subiaco Oval's neighbours
- An anchor tenant in the form of the AFL that will ensure the financial sustainability of the stadium - the WAFC will remain as leaseholder and manager
- User Agreements that provide certainty of terms and conditions for other sports and activities at Subiaco Oval
- Modern technology, such as communications and broadcast infrastructure
The redevelopment will use the high aesthetic standards of other recent stadiums, such as the MCG, the Gabba and the Telstra Dome, as the benchmark from which to create its own style and ambience. As the lead architect in the design and redevelopment of those stadiums, Daryl Jackson brings with him a wealth of experience in stadium design. The engagement of Peter Hunt and Daryl Jackson Architects to prepare this redevelopment Masterplan and concept design underpins the WAFC's commitment of providing a new state-of-the-art multi-purpose stadium in Western Australia.