IT’s official – the Fremantle Dockers will be the headline act in the first game of footy at the new Perth Stadium.
The Dockers women’s team will play a fixture at the venue on February 10, with the move announced by Premier Mark McGowan this morning.
The Premier recently announced the official opening of Perth Stadium would be a free Community Open Day on Sunday January 21.
The Stadium will host two Ed Sheeran concerts and the Perth NRL double header in March 2018, Chelsea Football Club versus Perth Glory in mid-2018, State of Origin II and a Bledisloe Cup match in 2019 with more world-class events to be announced soon.
The Dockers womens game will come a month before NRL heavyweights South Sydney and Canterbury feature in a double header on Saturday March 10.
“The AFL Women’s match is expected to attract more than 30,000 fans, which would break the record for the biggest attendance at an AFLW match ever,” sport and recreation minister Mick Murray said.
“This is a great event for Perth Stadium and women’s sport in general.”
Women’s interests minister Simone McGurk said the match could draw the biggest crowd ever for a women’s sporting event in Australia.
“The AFLW Fremantle match has the potential to be the biggest ever standalone women’s sport event in Australian history – and the first of many more at Perth Stadium,” Ms McGurk said.
“Having this major AFLW event so early on in Perth Stadium’s life sends a great message to young women, girls and the wider community about gender equity – and I hope it will inspire many to follow their sporting dreams.”
Construction of the 60,000-seat Perth Stadium is more than 94 per cent complete.