Bankwest Stadium

Julian Keith, Media & Communications Manager, Bankwest Stadium

The cheers, jeers and atmosphere are coming back to Bankwest Stadium this weekend with more than 7000 fans on their way for three separate NRL fixtures.

The easing of COVID-19 restrictions by the NSW Government means a reduced-capacity crowd will be permitted at the Stadium, beginning on Friday night when the Parramatta Eels host the North Queensland Cowboys.

The game will mark the highest attendance at the venue since the Eels’ opening game of the NRL season on 12 March and it’s all hands on deck getting the venue ready to host the fans again.

But it won’t stop there, on Saturday Bankwest Stadium will see the Wests Tigers host the Penrith Panthers and then on Sunday the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

To accommodate fans back in the building the team is hard at work implementing a number of initiatives that will make our Stadium “COVIDSafe”.

Aside from asking the fans for their help with social distancing, staying home if unwell and practicing good hygiene, the venue will embrace some new ways of doing things.

Chief among those are contactless entry using the Apple Wallet and a cashless retail operation that will reduce the risk associated with those high-contact areas.

On Friday it will have been 114 days since our last event with a meaningful crowd . . . it’s fair to say it’s been too long between drinks. Bring it on!

Optus Stadium

Graham Mason, Head of Media, Communications & Government Relations, Optus Stadium

The first two AFL fixtures for Optus Stadium were released last week and it looks like it will be a unique experience for West Australian footy fans with the first game back featuring two “foreign” Victorian teams – Collingwood and Geelong – under lights on Friday 17 July.

Optus Stadium will be allowed to operate at half capacity, with an anticipated crowd of 30,000.  Our first event with a crowd since the Queen + Adam Lambert concert on 23 February.

Then the moment we have all been waiting for, the return of both of our local teams as the Fremantle Dockers take on the West Coast Eagles in the 51st Western Derby on Sunday 19 July.

To say all staff, and West Australians in general, are pumped would be one of the all-time great understatements.