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groenefeldeffect
Sep 3rd, 2006, 01:39 PM
Premier Alan Carpenter today unveiled the new name and latest design for Perth's state-of-the-art indoor entertainment and sports venue.

Mr Carpenter said Perth Arena had been chosen as the new name for the complex, which would be built on the Northbridge site next to the old Entertainment Centre, linking Perth and Northbridge for the first time.

The Premier also released the latest interior and exterior designs for the new venue, which would include a retractable roof, more than 500 corporate seats and a multi-storey carpark.

"The Perth Arena will soon join other major venues across the world as a household name in leading entertainment and indoor sports venues," Mr Carpenter said.

"It is in the heart of the city and close to all major transport hubs.

"Perth Arena will provide a minimum of 12,000 seats for sporting events and up to 14,000 for concerts, ensuring that Western Australia attracts world-class performers and international sporting events."

Mr Carpenter said Perth Arena would become the new home for the Hopman Cup and would be fitted with a fully retractable roof.

The $250million indoor arena has been upgraded from the original design and will now include:

40 corporate suites, up from the initial plan for 18;
an upmarket club lounge;
a strengthened roof structure to increase the versatility of the venue; and
improved lighting.
The Premier said the State Government had also committed $70million to the new 680-bay multi-storey carpark to be built over the nearby railway line.

"The location of the carpark and the multi-purpose forecourt area are similar to Federation Square in Melbourne," he said.

"The arena's forecourt has been designed to host many different events such as outdoor concerts and the Hopman Cup practice courts.

"The forecourt will also enable the public to gather and celebrate major special events such as the World Cup football, the AFL grand final and the Olympic Games by including large video screens in the area."

Housing and Works Minister Michelle Roberts said Perth Arena would be an iconic building which would put WA on the map as an attractive venue for both international and national events.

"The State Government has worked closely with key stakeholders to ensure that Perth Arena will meet the diverse needs of WA's entertainment, sporting, tourism and events industries," Mrs Roberts said.

"In the final design, the number of corporate suites has also been more than doubled from 18 to 40 or more than 500 corporate seats.

"This also provides the opportunity for increased revenue and ensures the arena remains viable in the long-term.

"Other extra features include better broadcast quality lighting and a stronger roof structure that will allow an even greater range of events to be staged in the venue.

"The spectacular design of Perth Arena will ensure it will be a significant landmark for years to come."

The arena was designed by a group of leading architects comprising Melbourne-based Ashton Raggatt McDougall (ARM), the American firm RTKL and local Perth firm Cameron Chisholm and Nicol (CCN).

Perth Arena is scheduled to go to tender in December 2006, with construction expected to begin in April next year and the venue opening its doors in 2009.

SeNoRiTa
Sep 3rd, 2006, 02:46 PM
good news!

where did u get that article from??

Fantastic
Sep 3rd, 2006, 03:22 PM
My big question is where will the players stay whilst they are playing the Hopman Cup? The great thing about Burswood is that the hotel is on the same complex as the Hopman Cup venue. It is also literally a short drive to the State Tennis Centre, where players can prepare outdoors for the upcoming Aussie season.

Northbridge and the City aren't very far away from Burswood, perhaps a ten minute drive to get there, but it's not going to be very practical for players to travel back and forth from their hotel room if they should ever need to do that. Players would need to bring everything they need with them for the duration of their tie, which could last up to six hours.

Will this new 'Perth Arena' have a practice court? At the Dome, players could hit up and then walk to the player's locker room to freshen up before their singles matches.

There are luxury hotels across the road from where they are planning the new venue so it's possible that the player's accommodation will also change.

Oh well, i guess it still won't be as bad as the distance between the US Open venue at Queens and the player's accommodation in Manhattan. Traffic jams are the order of the day there and it takes years for players to go back and forth.

SeNoRiTa
Sep 4th, 2006, 06:42 AM
yeah i also wondered about that, although as you say there are plenty of nice hotels in the city

burswood is not that far either...i mean, i don't think the players go back to the hotel during a tie anyway so i don't think that would be an issue

at most other tournaments around the world (and i've been to quite a few - albeit ATP - and stayed at the player hotel), the hotel is never as convenient as it is in perth, so they're used to it...the players just stay at the club all day, especially if they're playing singles and doubles the same day

aussy89
Sep 4th, 2006, 11:32 AM
well its good news for us perthins cause the hopman cup wont move to another state or country yay. but hmm theres been alot of talk over this new building im i guess happy that were getting something like this for sport / concerts in perth its sad the domes getting chopped exspecially that im 2mins away from the dome,but if perth gets to c more sport ill b happy =)

groenefeldeffect
Sep 4th, 2006, 02:42 PM
good news!

where did u get that article from??

I was on the plannig department website for something else... and I noticed that.

In response to what Fantastic said:
"The arena's forecourt has been designed to host many different events such as outdoor concerts and the Hopman Cup practice courts."

And there will surely be a hotel nearby players can stay at... however if they choose to remain at Burswood, it won't be that dissimilar to most tournaments in the world.

aussy89
Sep 4th, 2006, 03:11 PM
with this new stadium goin up, could we b pushin it for a actuall wta or atp event ere or jus wouldnt b possible?

groenefeldeffect
Sep 4th, 2006, 04:00 PM
with this new stadium goin up, could we b pushin it for a actuall wta or atp event ere or jus wouldnt b possible?

I think Hopman would be preferable to a tour event myself.

Brett.
Sep 5th, 2006, 03:25 AM
Federation Squares doesnt have any car parks! :rolleyes:

cfc_4_ever
Oct 3rd, 2006, 04:50 AM
It is a much better location than the dome. So close to the city train station. Easier to get home for the night session, instead of running from the Thornlie train to the last Clarkson train!!!!!!

DutchieGirl
Oct 3rd, 2006, 06:05 AM
My big question is where will the players stay whilst they are playing the Hopman Cup? The great thing about Burswood is that the hotel is on the same complex as the Hopman Cup venue. It is also literally a short drive to the State Tennis Centre, where players can prepare outdoors for the upcoming Aussie season.

Northbridge and the City aren't very far away from Burswood, perhaps a ten minute drive to get there, but it's not going to be very practical for players to travel back and forth from their hotel room if they should ever need to do that. Players would need to bring everything they need with them for the duration of their tie, which could last up to six hours.

Will this new 'Perth Arena' have a practice court? At the Dome, players could hit up and then walk to the player's locker room to freshen up before their singles matches.

There are luxury hotels across the road from where they are planning the new venue so it's possible that the player's accommodation will also change.

Oh well, i guess it still won't be as bad as the distance between the US Open venue at Queens and the player's accommodation in Manhattan. Traffic jams are the order of the day there and it takes years for players to go back and forth.

lmao - "but it's not going to be very practical for players to travel back and forth from their hotel room if they should ever need to do that."

What exactly do you think they do at all other tourneys? :lol: I know it's convenient to have the Dome at the hotel right next to each other, but still... it's not like it should be that much of a problem. ;)

cfc_4_ever
Oct 3rd, 2006, 08:28 AM
There are plenty of hotels within walking distance of the new centre anyway!!! If they do stay at Burswood it aint that for away anyway

DutchieGirl
Oct 3rd, 2006, 08:29 AM
There are plenty of hotels within walking distance of the new centre anyway!!! If they do stay at Burswood it aint that for away anyway

Exactly, and if it's not in walking distance, they'd provide courtesy cars, obviously. ;)

Martian Stacey
Oct 3rd, 2006, 10:44 AM
the new arena sounds awesome :)