The latest upgrade of Perth's nib Stadium will include a covered two-tier eastern grandstand, a new uncovered southern stand, new food and beverage and toilet facilities, a 250-seat barbecue terrace and seating for about 420 patrons in open corporate boxes. Once complete, the venue will have a capacity of around 20,500.
The stadium will also get two large video replay boards, a new PA system, a CCTV surveillance system and new pitch lighting. A new playing surface will be installed between July and October 2013
The redevelopment of Members Equity Stadium (formerly known as Perth Oval) heralds the start of an exciting new era for soccer in Western Australia. The new stadium, which will also cater for other rectangular sports, has backing from the Town of Vincent, which is investing $4.5 million in the project with a further $6 million coming from the State Government.
The new ground will have a capacity of 18,450 and Allia Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Perth Glory, will contribute $400,000 each year for 20 years and an extra $80,000 each year into a reserve fund for oval repairs and maintenance, as well as $1.2 million worth of equipment.
Benefits for supporters will include a relocated Shed closer to the action, more comfortable seating around the ground and modern facilities such as toilets. For members and corporate supporters the new ground promises state of the art function rooms and viewing areas. The result for soccer fans will be tremendous with a modern, comfortable stadium that will provide fans the environment they deserve. There will also be great facilities for sponsors and corporate supporters and all levels of membership.
This is a stadium which will be able to cater for the great expansion of interest to be seen in soccer as the game develops. Visually the most striking aspect of the ground will be its closeness to the pitch. This will bring a very European style to the ground with a tremendous atmosphere. Public open spaces behind the Eastern Stand will give the ground a parkland feel and in the main grandstand there will modern function rooms, offices and a modern facility for the players including new dressing rooms.
The Family Stand will now be at the Southern End of the ground with seating available for GA prices on a first come, first served basis. In a first for the club there will also be reserved seating available at a general admission price. Fans will be able to choose between Champions, Premiers and First Division seating, depending upon its location. The First Division seating will also be available at concession and children's rates.
The new multipurpose stadium is the result of a long and complex process involving contributions from State and local government as well as the club and other sports. Work by John Holland Pty Ltd is well underway and said the ground is expected to be available in December.
See below for progress photos. See the main Members Equity Stadium page for more renderings.
Master plan of redevelopment - Click here for full size image