Visitors to the new Perth Stadium will be subjected to full-body scans when the venue opens in the Western Australian city next year.

The PerthNow website reports that extensive screening will take place before people enter the 60,000-seat stadium, which is due to open in January.

However, fans might not even be aware that they are being scanned, with portable pole-style metal detectors set to be unobtrusive.

David Etherton, chief executive of VenuesWest, which has acquired the metal detectors for Perth Stadium, said the equipment would allow operators to detect any suspicious objects in an effective manner.

“In conjunction with CCTV and observation by trained event staff, the metal detectors will assist us to detect a potential issue before it escalates,” Etherton told PerthNow.

VenuesWest operates a number of venues across Western Australia, including the multi-purpose nib Stadium in Perth. PerthNow notes that the company currently uses so-called ‘wands’ as metal detectors at its venues.

Perth Stadium will open on January 21 with a public opening day. It has not been confirmed what sporting event will open the stadium, with cricket, rugby league and Aussie rules all in contention.

Image: Perth Stadium