- BHP Amphitheatre to open with free live screening of Australia-New Zealand Bledisloe Cup match
- Amphitheatre has capacity to host outdoor movies, community events and live sport
- Perth Running Festival 2019 also set to be broadcast, with more events to be announced soon
- Facility has the potential to host community screenings of major events, including FIFA World Cups or Olympic Games
Optus Stadium's new giant outdoor video screen and amphitheatre will open for the first time with a free live-stream of the near sell-out Bledisloe Cup clash this Saturday night.
The McGowan Government's new BHP Amphitheatre and giant LED screen will allow for outdoor movies, community events and live sport to be screened in the Stadium Parklands.
Boasting the fourth largest outdoor screen in Western Australia, the amphitheatre provides a sloped grass seating section for 1,000 people and also has the capacity to host community plays and concerts.
The amphitheatre has the potential to offer outdoor community screenings of major sporting events in the future - including possible FIFA World Cups or Olympic Games.
The Perth Running Festival - including the 4km, 10km, half marathon and marathon events - is the second confirmed event utilising the screen in the amphitheatre, with more to be announced soon.
The amphitheatre will help activate and enliven the Stadium Parklands, complimenting the existing Nature Playgrounds, BHP Boardwalk and collections of Aboriginal cultural artworks and stories.
The inaugural screening follows the State Government's announcement of preferred tenders for the Matagarup Bridge climb and zip-line, and the Optus Stadium rooftop climb.
The amphitheatre's 142 square metre LED video screen is accompanied by a high-quality sound system, with the capacity to provide first-rate cinema and live sport experiences.
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
"The Stadium Parklands is a marvellous public precinct and we are committed to further activating and enlivening the space with community events and tourism offerings.
"BHP Amphitheatre will provide a centrepiece for community events, outdoor movies and live sport - all in close proximity to the existing Nature Playgrounds, BHP Boardwalk and Aboriginal art and story installations.
"The Bledisloe Cup offers an ideal opportunity to launch the new facility, with the community having the chance to see the match live and free, not far from all the action.
"Trains are continuing to run all weekend to Stadium Station, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of the terrific open space, barbecue areas and nature playgrounds."
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"On Saturday we are expecting 10 thousand rugby union fans from interstate and overseas to descend on Optus Stadium to see Australia and New Zealand fight it out for victory at the historic Bledisloe Cup.
"With the help of local businesses and the City of Perth we have painted our CBD gold in support of the Wallabies and to help show-off Perth as a dynamic destination.
"There is no better occasion to power up the 142 square metre LED video screen to add to the vibrancy of the Burswood Peninsula.
"From this weekend onwards the BHP Amphitheatre will provide free entertainment to both locals and visitors alike and I congratulate all the key stakeholders who have brought this project to life."
Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600