Subiaco Oval gears up for monster football weekend

Gavin  Taylor
Gavin Taylor

STAFF at Subiaco Oval are preparing for the biggest weekend the ground has ever experienced, with two AFL preliminary finals and the WAFL grand final in less than 72 hours.

More than 100,000 people will visit the stadium this weekend, when the Fremantle Dockers play Hawthorn on Friday night, the West Coast Eagles take on North Melbourne Saturday night and West Perth and Subiaco battle in the WAFL grand final on Sunday.

“This is the ultimate final for us, with more than 14,500 combined man hours to maintain Domain Stadium and all aspects of venue management during the weekend,” Perth Stadium Management General Manager Gavin Taylor said.

“Following the successful qualifying and elimination finals weekend, I am confident that we will deliver the best fan experience yet for the three games.

“We have increased fan facilities across the stadium to cater to crowds that will be between 98 to 100 per cent capacity.”

Mr Taylor said that for the first time, the stadium would use digital signage projected onto the turf for Sunday’s WAFL grand final, visible to TV viewers.

“This technology will save more than 30 man-hours throughout the weekend,” he said.

To cater for crowds, he said a record amount of food and beverages would be produced and the stadium will provide increased entertainment and security.