CROWN Perth is encouraging people to park in their carparks during Optus Stadium game days despite trialling paid parking in some areas.
Parking around the stadium has become a hot issue after public pressure led to Belmont Park Racecourse opening up 500 bays, with the possibility of expanding that to 900.
Crown Perth is trialling paid parking in the 1500 multi-level carpark and a 300 bay carpark, although a 540 bay carpark is not open on game days because it is used as a bus layover for the Public Transport Authority.
The organisation’s largest carpark, which holds 2500 cars, is remaining free on game days.
A Crown Perth spokeswoman said in order to manage the “operational demands” on event days, paid parking was being trialled in some carparks at Crown to better manage the flow in and out of the complex and mitigate potential impact.
“We will continue to monitor and review our plans over the coming months,” she said.
“Crown is working with the stadium and our partners to maximise the activation of the Burswood Peninsula and welcome visitors to the precinct, while protecting the experience of our valued members and guests.
“We want all stadium event-goers to have a fun and safe experience when visiting the peninsula – and we hope that a visit to Crown is part of that.
“It’s been great to see the stadium launch and receive such support from the people of Perth. Our close proximity positions us as a natural destination for people both pre and post, so the visitation numbers are looking promising at this early stage.”
Southern Gazette understands the increase of people parking at Crown Perth during Optus Stadium game days has led staff to have some difficulty finding free car bays.
“Staff access is always a priority for us, and we have plans in place to ensure additional parking has been provided to staff so that they have quick and easy access to parking and can arrive on time for their shift,” the spokeswoman said.