In the latest of Perth COVID-19 restrictions being eased, capacity crowds will now be allowed at Optus Stadium.
In an announcement today all venues in Western Australia will be allowed to welcome 100% capacity crowds from midnight tomorrow night.
“I am pleased to announce that based on the latest public health advice, from midnight tomorrow, we will be raising capacity limits for certain indoor and outdoor venue with fixed seating to 100%, with no upper numerical cap,” McGowan said.
This means Optus Stadium can allow 60,000 fans through the gates for Fremantle Dockers v Hawthorn Hawks on Sunday.
While Fremantle are yet to hold a sell-out crowd for a non-derby game, West Coast Eagles fans will be excited by the news with the Eagles set to verse Collingwood Magpies in a Friday night blockbuster the following week, in what could be the first full-capacity AFL game at Optus Stadium since 2019 AFL season.
The Western Derby has been confirmed by the AFL for round 7, allowing for another packed house opportunity at Optus Stadium.
“This is big step forward in the removal of restrictions – one that we can only take due to the hard work from Western Australians across the community, giving health experts the confidence to proceed.
Indoor and Outdoor venues
The following indoor and outdoor venues will be able to move to 100 per cent of the fixed seating capacity, and SafeWA and contact registers will continue as mandatory:
- Auditoriums and amphitheatres
- Concert halls
- Comedy lounges
- Performing arts centres
WA’s major venues such as Optus Stadium, RAC Arena, HBF Stadium – Main Arena, and HBF Park will be able to have 100 per cent of the fixed seating capacity in the spectator seating and special seating spaces.
“I want to thank all Western Australians for their efforts in keeping WA safe from COVID-19.
Our situation in WA is very encouraging and if it continues to track the way it is, it will demonstrate good reason for further changes – pending public health advice at the time,” Mr McGowan states.