Construction on The Camfield pub, a 2,500-capacity licensed venue that is set to open at Australia’s new Perth Stadium, began last week.

The multi-million dollar project in Burswood, Western Australia is scheduled to open in March 2018, ahead of the AFL Aussie rules football season.

The idea arose for The Camfield from the co-owners of three other bars, Tim McLernon and Tony Buhagiar. The pair are working in partnership with The Brockwell Group, which has more than a dozen venues across Australia.

“It’s ambitious,” McLernon told the West Australian newspaper. “But the way we look at it is that it’s situated on the peninsula, 50 metres from the new stadium. At the current Subiaco stadium, that group of people are serviced by 13 or 14 bars within 1 kilometre. Here, we will be it.”

It is hoped the pub will see Perth Stadium’s become a go-to entertainment area, and not simply a sports stadium.

The main bar would hold up to 1,000 people, while the function centre to host up to 700 people. The outdoor courtyard will hold up to 1,500 people and have a stage for concerts.

Lion microbrewery will also base itself at the 800-square-metre site.

“The development of the Perth Stadium and the surrounding precinct will see world-class technology and architecture put in place and we’re looking forward to supporting an iconic venue that will provide an excellent hospitality experience,” Lion’s craft marketing director Gordon Treanor said.

The 60,000-capacity Perth Stadium is scheduled to host a cricket Ashes Test between Australia and England in December, despite management working to an official opening date of March next year.

As of last week, the venue is 78 per cent complete, with the playing surface due to be laid in June.

Last month, it was suggested the stadium would not be ready in time for Australia’s game with England due to delays in the construction of a pedestrian footbridge at the site.