Perth Arena will celebrate its first birthday this weekend with concerts by pop diva Beyonce on Friday and Saturday nights.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said almost one million people had passed through the doors of Perth Arena since it opened on November 10 last year.
Mr Waldron said Perth Arena had been a huge success in its first year of operation, with 90 ticketed events and 103 corporate events - with a total of 975,156 people coming through the doors since opening.
“Perth Arena has become a real part of our city and the community has embraced the great variety of events the managers, AEG Ogden, have secured,” he said.
“Since it opened a year ago, Perth Arena has hosted an event, on average, every two days. It has also had a substantial economic impact, employing 50 full-time employees and 2,000 casual workers.
“I want to thank the people of Perth for supporting our Perth Arena and I hope that you will all continue to come along and enjoy this award-winning, world-class venue.”
Beyonce is the latest star in a string of international acts to perform at the arena over the past 12 months, including One Direction, Rihanna and Pink.
“I’m pleased to say this is just the beginning,” the Minister said. “Still to come are Muse, Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Bublé, Queens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails - to name a few.
“On the sporting front, the Perth Wildcats are playing to packed games here most weeks and we’ve got Perth’s own Hopman Cup kicking off in December after a record attendance in 2012-13.
“And in another major coup, Perth Arena will host an international ice hockey game between rivals the USA and Canada on July 12 next year.”
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