Hon Mick Murray MLA

Hon Mick Murray MLA

Former Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation

    Major sport and entertainment events bring economic boost for WA

    21/07/2020 11:30 AM
    • Over 54,000 West Aussies attend four major events in five days
    • WA's major venues host netball and AFL matches plus a music event
    • Hard border allows large events to take place in WA
    • Many Western Australians return to work and local suppliers see increase in demand

    Western Australians were treated to a choice of sport and entertainment events last week helping to stimulate the local economy.


    On Wednesday, RAC Arena welcomed back the West Coast Fever. Optus Stadium hosted its first two AFL hub matches, including the 51st Western Derby and HBF Stadium held the WA Unlocked music concert.


    A total of 4,204 netball fans were in high spirits to see West Coast Fever on their home court for the first time since the 2019 season. Thanks to the venue's industry-leading program, VenueShield, patrons attended the venue with confidence and peace of mind.


    The historic all-Victorian match between Geelong and Collingwood saw 22,077 AFL fans descend on Optus Stadium.


    Proving that the venue is capable of hosting multiple AFL matches in quick succession, the West Coast Eagles then defeated Fremantle in front of 25,306 fans in the 51st Western Derby.


    The combined crowd of 47,383 were welcomed by 2,300 staff over both games and enjoyed the Welcome Back Fans specials, $6.50 Gage Roads beer on tap - including the exclusive Pipe Dreams Coastal Lager - $3 Mrs Mac's pie and sausage rolls, and $3 chips.


    19,000 pies, hot dogs and burgers were consumed, plus 13,000 servings of hot chips washed down with 60,000 beers. The catering team put in 1,800 work days in event preparation and delivery.


    Regular full capacity staff numbers meant all food and beverage outlets were open with minimal queuing times, as well as fast security checks and egress.


    For the first time, the Stadium was completely cashless, with cash cards available at the Stadium for those arriving without an eftpos card. Of all the weekend's sales 99% were completed by the customer's own cashless option - card, phone or watch.


    As Perth's premier venues, RAC Arena shared their event staff with Optus Stadium, providing maximum shift opportunities and experience as the latter prepares to host multiple AFL matches each week.


    Live music also made a big return to WA with HBF Stadium hosting local artists for WA Unlocked, WA's first major music event since restrictions began. A sold out crowd attended the event to enjoy acts Crooked Colours, Shock One with Reija Lee, Slumberjack and Tina Says.


    Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:


    "I was thrilled to see many Western Australians back out enjoying sport and music in a safe and responsible manner.


    "It was particularly pleasing seeing people out working again in our venues. The return of events also saw an increase in demand for local companies who supply our stadium's such as Mrs Macs and Gage Roads which is great news for the local economy.


    "Our hard border with the east has enabled us to enjoy these large-scale events far sooner than other parts of the country.


    "Without the commitment shown by all Western Australians in keeping our State safe during COVID-19, we would not be the first city in Australia to host four major events in one week.


    Minister's office - 6552 6400