40,000 West Aussies Turn Down Free Optus Stadium Open Day Ticket

Optus Stadium’s bumper open day drew fewer than 70,000 people, well below the 110,000 crowd expected for the free event.

A spokesman for the venue said the event had been a “tremendous success” with positive feedback from the crowd.

“We were very happy with the 69,028 people who used their free tickets to enjoy access throughout the Stadium and Stadium Park,” the spokesman said.

“With a hot temperature of 32 degrees yesterday, understandably some fans decided not to use their free tickets.”

When 110,000 free tickets were made available in November last year, they were snapped up within a matter of hours.

“For any fans who missed out on attending yesterday, or would like another opportunity to look around the stadium, tickets to the AFL Women’s match between Fremantle and Collingwood on Saturday, February 10 are on sale now. Tickets are only $2 with all proceeds going to charity,” the spokesman said.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said 90 per cent of people who went to yesterday’s event at the stadium had used public transport.

A family pose to take a selfie at Optus Stadium.

“Of course, I’m very happy to see so many West Australians catching public transport,” she said.

“I think a lot of the discussion over the past number of weeks has really encouraged people to catch public transport and hopefully that’s something which has penetrated and will make its way through the to the big games.”

Speaking on Monday, Ms Saffioti said the Public Transport Authority was investigating how to expand its network capacity if the Scorchers made the finals and confirmed negotiations to remove a crowd cap at a potential Perth Scorchers semifinal were progressing well.

“I’m getting further feedback from my agencies, in particular PTA on what they can do across the network to free up capacity,” she said.

“I also had a quick discussion with the WACA CEO yesterday at the stadium and we’ll be having further discussions over coming days.

“We’re working towards a resolution and what we’re trying to do is get people there early and free up capacity across the network.”

Ms Saffioti said the WACA was looking into ways to get people to the venue early and allow for a bigger crowd.

“It’s looking very good at the moment in relation into the advice I’m getting on what we can do across the network and the WACA is very keen to put forward its proposal,” she said.

“We’re working very hard to get as many West Australians to the game as possible.”