Arthur Stanley, General Manager Media & Communications VenuesLive
Claire Krol, Head of Media, Communications & Government Relations VenuesLive WA
While our Stadiums are best known as the home grounds of world-class sport and entertainment, they are also beacons of light and hope across the country, glowing brightly in support of major community awareness campaigns.
In Perth Optus Stadium lights up for different events and causes several times a week becoming a regular feature of the city’s night-time landscape. The stadium was designed with a technological focus, making it easy to light up the external facade, and the halo fabric roof with just the press of a button.
Each year VenuesLive WA grants permission to 25 lucky charities to light up in their chosen colours, and another 20 requests are approved by the state each year for relevant occasions and organisations. The lighting of the stadium is often a focal point for media coverage, most recently during the launch of National Reconciliation Week when Optus Stadium was lit up in Black, Red and Yellow – as you can see from the stunning photo above.
Leading the way in NSW, Bankwest Stadium, with the ability to change colours at the flick of a switch, has glowed
Purple in recognition of International Women’s Day on 8 March
Yellow in support of National Road Safety Week on 16, 20, 21 May
Blue and Green in support of Neurofibromatosis Awareness on 17 May
Orange to support the State Emergency Services’ WOW (Wear Orange Wednesday) campaign on 19 May
Red for World Hemochromatosis Week on 1 June
And we’ll be glowing Pink for DonateLife Week on 26 July.
Stadium Australia lights up regularly, partnering with Sydney Olympic Park to raise awareness for national advocacy campaigns. A number of staff proudly donned orange jumpers, scarves, hats and jackets for #WOWDay in support of our amazing NSW SES volunteers and the Olympic Park precinct glowed Orange that night. The Stadium and the Precinct will also be lit
Light Blue for World Refugee Day on 20 June
Red & Yellow for NAIDOC Week from 4 July
Pink for DonateLife Week on 25 July
And Purple for the Paralympics in late August.
As you can see from our nationwide Light Up Program, our Stadiums are centres of celebration for community and cultural events and are also great supporters of community and charitable causes.