Western Australia’s Perth Stadium will officially open on January 21 next year with a free community open day.

The community day will run from the early afternoon into the evening with ticket-holders able to tour the venue, taste food and drinks on offer, participate in a range of activities, and experience the stadium’s lighting, video and audio systems.

Perth Stadium’s first sporting event is still to be officially confirmed. An NRL rugby league double-header is planned for March, although officials at the AFL Aussie rules competition hope one of its women’s matches will open the ground.

The January opening day will feature a range of artworks and local bands, with ticket-holders to be able to sample the nature playgrounds at the Chevron Parkland and other entertainment and food outlets in the stadium district.

The local government is currently in the process of filling the calendar for the stadium, with plans to secure a host of world-class events to boost tourism and the local economy. Ed Sheeran has also been confirmed as the first musician to perform at the stadium in March.

Tickets to the open day will be available through the Perth Stadium website later this year, with Western Australians to receive free entry and public transport to and from the event.

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan said: “Perth Stadium belongs to the people of Western Australia and I always wanted to make sure Western Australians had the opportunity to visit the new stadium first and for free.

“The people of Western Australia have invested significantly in Perth Stadium and we need to pack in as many world-class events as we can to help create new jobs and get the economy back on track.”

Mick Murray, Western Australia’s Sport and Recreation Minister, added: “The McGowan Government is in the process of filling the stadium’s events calendar with as much sport and entertainment content as possible, to create new jobs in a whole range of sectors.

“The events already booked at Perth Stadium are exciting, but this is just the beginning. We are constantly looking for quality sport and entertainment content to make sure we put the stadium to as much use as possible.”

Image: Perth Stadium