Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Former Minister for Sport and Recreation; Racing and Gaming

    End of an era for Burswood Dome

    31/05/2013 12:00 AM
     
    • Approval given to demolish Burswood Dome
    • Venue has been home to memorable concerts from Michael Jackson to AC/DC
    The Perth concert venue that has seen some of the world’s biggest acts perform on its stage will be demolished after 26 years of providing entertainment.
     
    Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron today issued approval for the Burswood Dome to be demolished.
     
    Mr Waldron said the Dome is owned by Crown Perth and had proved too expensive to maintain.
     
    It had been kept in operation in recent years primarily to provide a venue for the Hopman Cup until Perth Arena was completed.
     
    The Minister said the Dome would make way for more than 1,000 ground-level parking bays to ease the parking shortage at the Burswood complex.
     
    “Annual visits to the resort have almost doubled to nearly eight million people since Crown acquired it in 2004, and that number is expected to grow to 10 million within the next few years,” he said.
     
    “Today is a day to reflect on some of the really memorable performances and sporting events that have taken place under the unique pressurised roof.
     
    “The dome has hosted everyone from Michael Jackson to Beyonce and beyond. The first concert was Mick Jagger in 1988 and the last concert was the Beach Boys in September, 2012.”
     
    Crown has invested about $750million since taking over the resort in 2004, and committed a further $560million to future projects, such as the new six-star Crown Towers Hotel.
     
    Mr Waldron thanked Crown for keeping the Dome in operation as a venue for the Hopman Cup.
     
    “It really is the end of an era for the Dome but there is no use for it anymore. The brand new, world-class Perth Arena provides a completely new level of event experience above what the Dome could ever offer,” he said.
     
    “So far, Perth Arena has hosted 54 events for more than 430,000 patrons in the first six months, making it one of the busiest venues of its type in the world.”
     
             Fact File
    • Crown is expected to start demolition work towards the end of May 2013

    Minister’s office - 6552 6100