As tens of thousands of punters prepare for their first pilgrimage to the new Perth Stadium for its long-awaited open day, they won’t be catching an Uber or driving to the venue.
Ever since the McGowan Government announced there would be no drop-off or pick-up zones for private vehicles and ride-share services, questions have been levelled at the capability of the public transport system.
It will have to handle moving 110,000 people for the open day — although they will be staggered across several hours. On game days, up to 60,000 people will descend on the stadium at once for sell-out events.
Plus there are further concerns over the ability to juggle an influx of sports fans with peak-hour commuter traffic on weeknights.
The WA Government justified the no-car policy by saying it had conducted extensive research at other venues around the country and overseas, and found a large number of cars would cause large delays.
So how does the rule at the Perth Stadium stack up against other major venues around Australia — the MCG, Brisbane’s Lang Park, and the Sydney Cricket and Sports Grounds Trust, which comprises both the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Football Stadium — in terms of facilities, location, comfort and versatility?
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Getting there and away
Getting to and from sporting grounds is one of the main challenges facing punters across the country.
In Perth, the much-publicised ban on private vehicles in the stadium precinct means public transport will be the way most patrons attend the venue.
But how does this compare with the other major sporting grounds?
So while the WA Government stated that the decision to ban private vehicles from the Perth Stadium precinct follows common practice around the country, it appears only Lang Park comes close to matching the tight regulations in place in Perth.
Public Transport is far and away the most common way of travelling to these grounds and while parking is available around the other venues, patrons are still encouraged to use public transport, while most operators are working to assist ride-sharing services.
While punters may be annoyed that there is no parking, and no way of utilising ride-sharing services right up to the entrance of the ground, these are small sacrifices in the context of the state-of-the-art stadium to which West Australians now have access.
With two of the biggest screens in the southern hemisphere, drink holders on every chair and a plethora of food and beverage options inside Perth Stadium, it is easy to be swept up in the hype of the stadium.
But in the spirit of comparing and contrasting, how do these amenities stack up against those other sporting monuments?