DESPITE several hiccups, the new Perth Stadium is on track to be completed on time and ready for the AFL 2018 season.
International pop musician Ed Sheeran will be one of the first acts to perform on March 2 and 3, while Premier League Club Chelsea will play an International friendly against Perth Glory in July-August and Game II of the State of Origin and Bledisloe Cup are scheduled to be played in 2019.
With 55,000 seats of the 60,000-seat stadium installed and construction of the stadium 88 per cent complete, a Perth Stadium spokeswoman said the playing surface would be rolled out over the next month and testing of the giant screen would continue over the coming months.
Works on the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge will also see the locally built bridge now completed in March 2018.
Due to be completed at the end of last year, it was plagued by delays following continued disputes with subcontractor Toyota Tsusho.
Premier Mark McGowan announced last month he had engaged with the head contractor over a series of meetings to gain more control over a timely delivery of the project.
A revised cost is being set for the entire project comprising of $80.4 million, with an extra $2.6 million payable once the target completion date is met. Other works expected to be completed over the coming months include a state of the art lighting system, which will illuminate the roof in team colours.
The LED stadium lighting system, which incorporates 15,000 LED lights, uses a control platform to create a completely immersive lighting experience for the venue and is adaptable to the specific requirements of each sporting code that will play at the venue and is similar to the ones used at Italian football giant Juventus’ Stadium.
While a deal between the WA-based AFL sides Fremantle Football Club, West Coast Eagles, AFL, WA Football Commission and State Government is not signed, it is said to be not far away.
West Coast Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett said the two clubs had an agreement in place and were waiting for the (West Australian) Football Commission (WAFC) to resolve any issues with the State (Government).
“So hopefully that will be resolved very soon,” he said.
“I am pretty sure it is progressing and progressing along the way but I am not sure how close.”
A Fremantle Football Club spokesman said that they were not in a position to comment because an agreement had not yet been finalised.