Perth turns red for Man United

Charlie the dog, from Greenwood, approves of the blue boathouse's new look. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Charlie the dog, from Greenwood, approves of the blue boathouse's new look. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

PREMIER Mark McGowan has officially welcomed Manchester United to Perth at their training base, the WACA Ground.

United arrived in Perth on Monday afternoon with their entire first team squad ahead of matches against A-League Premiers Perth Glory on Saturday, July 13, and traditional rivals Leeds United on Wednesday July 17.

Perth has been painted red for the tour with red lighting on public buildings and bridges, banners being displayed throughout the city and public areas being utilised for themed events.

The paint the town red activation is already underway with the iconic blue Crawley Edge Boatshed, which has been made popular through social media, temporarily being transformed red and the bronze ‘Eliza’ statue, in the Swan River, sporting the Manchester United colours.

Photo: Andrew Ritchie

“Hosting the Red Devils in Perth is a massive coup for Western Australia,” Mr McGowan said.

“It’s big-ticket events like these – in what is a typically low season on the WA events calendar, that help us attract more people to our State and gets people talking about how wonderful Western Australia really is.

“The more people we have filling our hotels, restaurants, bars and cafés, and spending money in our local stores, the more beneficial it is for our local economy and local jobs.”