West Coast Eagles still not committed to new Perth Stadium for 2018

Trevor Nisbett.
Trevor Nisbett.

West Coast Eagles CEO Trevor Nisbett has said the club is still not sure whether it will be playing home games at the new Perth Stadium in 2018.

The Eagles are in negotiations with VenuesLive, who will operate the new venue in Burswood, and the State Government over revenue.

The state of Subiaco Oval has been a bugbear of Eagles and Dockers supporters for years, with the ground regarded as the worst regular-use AFL stadium in the country.

In September, however, Nisbett said the club would continue to play at the venue should a satisfactory deal not be arranged.

The new Perth Stadium has been touted as WA’s AFL stadium from season 2018 onward.

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And Nisbett cautioned again that if the negotiations had not been resolved by a certain time, the Eagles may be forced to stay at Subi for the 2018 season as well.

“There will come a time when it will be extremely difficult for both clubs to transition (in time for 2018),” Nisbett told 6PR.

“We’re very mindful of that in all the negotiation.

“We have to keep negotiating because we’re not there yet.

“We’re pushing up because we want to get to a final resolution (where) at least we can agree to play at the stadium.

“It’s extremely complex.”

And Nisbett said there was no chance Fremantle could play at the venue, while the Eagles were left stranded at Subi.

“Both clubs are committed to making the deal work,” he said.