AFL Australian rules football teams the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles have agreed to play their home matches at the new Perth Stadium for up to 50 years.
According to the PerthNow.com website, the deals have been agreed in principle and although the terms of the agreements are being kept under wraps, they are believed to relate to commercial aspects such as rent and hiring fees.
The deals are also said to include a clause that would allocate the home team 50,000 seats, with the remaining 10,000 being split between visiting sides and the general public.
Mike McKenna, chief executive of VenuesLive, which operates Perth Stadium, said the deal had been in the offing for some time and an official agreement is not far off.
“To be fair, it has been progressing steadily for a few months but we have got to a point now where there is virtually nothing left (to negotiate) on a commercial sense,” McKenna said. “Now that we have got to this stage it needs to be reviewed by the State and get feedback. But, yes, we are happy with this.”
However, in order for AFL teams to play at the venue, the Western Australian State Commission and State Government need to agree on an annual A$10m (€6.6m/US$7,5m/£5.8m) deal to fund Aussie rules football in the local region.
PerthNow.com said sources close to the talks expect the deal to go through this week.
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