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WA kicks off week of elite international football with ICON festival

Jul 20, 2022
The biggest festival of English Premier League football ever seen in Western Australia kicks off today with 3 days of celebration in the lead up to this weekend's blockbuster matches.

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Christina Matthews, and Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman in front of a promotional screen at the WACA Ground.

International cricket just the ticket this summer

22 Jul 2022
Tickets to see men’s international cricket return to Perth for the first time since 2019 are now on sale with the first match on the calendar a T20 clash between old rivals Australia and England in early October.
ICON Festival of Events with a montage of footballers

WA kicks off week of elite international football with ICON festival

20 Jul 2022
The biggest festival of English Premier League football ever seen in Western Australia kicks off today with 3 days of celebration in the lead up to this weekend's blockbuster matches.
Members of San Cisco at Optus Stadium

San Cisco provides local talent at international sports festival

15 Jul 2022
Local Fremantle indie pop band San Cisco will perform as part of the ICON Perth’s International Festival of Football.
Optus Stadium view from the Swan River at twilight.

Rugby World Cup coming to Australia in 2027 and 2029

13 May 2022
The Rugby World Cup is heading down under in 2027 for the men's and 2029 for the women's tournaments after Australia was awarded hosting rights for the blockbuster global events last night.
Optus Stadium view from the Swan River at twilight.

Optus Stadium’s accessible rooftop experiences a first in Australia

5 May 2022
Following the opening of Optus Stadium's VERTIGO rooftop experience in March, the experience is now open to people of all abilities.
Hooper v England Player; Rise for the Rivalry

Tickets on sale for historic Wallabies v England Perth test match

28 Apr 2022
Tickets for the first game of the Wallabies 2022 eToro England Series are now on sale, with seats for the Perth test match set to be snapped up by rugby fans.
Bryce Hosannah of Leeds throws the ball in during a pre-season friendly match between Manchester United and Leeds United at Optus Stadium on July 17, 2019 in Perth, Australia.

Premier League superstars kicking goals for Perth in International Festival of Football blockbuster event

28 Apr 2022
Four English Premier League clubs will bring their star power to Perth when they make our city their home for a blockbuster weekend of sensational matches before tens of thousands of fans at Optus Stadium in July.
Matt Philip of the Wallabies wins a line-out during the Bledisloe Cup match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks.

Wallabies set to take on England in spectacular Perth Test Match

5 Apr 2022
England Rugby will return to Perth for the first time in 12 years to take on the Wallabies at Optus Stadium in another major event announcement today.
Black and white photograph of Shane Warne holding his hat and bowing on a cricket field

Optus Stadium to broadcast Shane Warne’s memorial service

22 Mar 2022
Shane Warne's memorial service will be broadcast live at Optus Stadium — with Western Australians invited to pay their respects to the cricket legend at WA's home of sport on Wednesday 30 March 2022.
A cricket match in play at Optus Stadium at sunset

Perth’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup fixtures announced

21 Jan 2022
Six of the top eight men's T20 teams — including Australia, England, India and South Africa — will do battle for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Perth in October.

Local governments lace up

24 Sep 2021
Event preparations are well underway across WA for the State's historic AFL Grand Final celebrations on Saturday — in particular, at the City of Perth and Town of Victoria Park.
Giant AFL Sherrin football banner displayed on Matagarup Bridge

Matagarup mega-footy a sign of Perth's Grand Final fever

23 Sep 2021
Perth's AFL Grand Final fever has hit new heights with a giant Sherrin footy banner measuring approximately 12m high and 6.5m wide hanging over the Swan River from Perth's Matagarup Bridge.
Optus Stadium view from the Swan River at twilight.

WA talent front and centre at AFL Grand Final

18 Sep 2021
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) is proud to have supported and worked with the WA contemporary music sector to ensure that some of Western Australia’s most iconic musicians take centre stage at this year’s historic AFL Grand Final in Perth.
A general view at sunset during day four of the First Test match in the series between Australia and New Zealand at Optus Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Perth, Australia.

Just the ticket — tough new laws to stamp out scalping

8 Sep 2021
Ticket scalping will be illegal in Western Australia after legislation introduced by the State Government passed Parliament, delivering on an election commitment.
Aerial view of Optus Stadium

Construction starts on Optus Stadium’s new rooftop viewing platform

3 Aug 2021
Construction has now started on the latest attraction at Optus Stadium — a new 42-metre-high viewing platform that allows fans to walk several metres beyond the edge of the stadium roof.
A general view at sunset during day four of the First Test match in the series between Australia and New Zealand at Optus Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Perth, Australia.

Tickets on sale for historic Ashes Test at Perth Stadium

5 Jul 2021
Cricket fans can secure their seat to witness cricket history, with tickets to go on sale today for the first Ashes Test to be played at Perth Stadium.
The Bledisloe Cup in focus with the Wallabies lined up behind it at Optus Stadium

Tickets on sale for Perth’s Bledisloe Cup blockbuster

9 Jun 2021
Rugby union fans around Australia and New Zealand can snap up tickets from 10am today (AWST) to Perth's Bledisloe Cup Test on August 21 at Optus Stadium.
Spectators arrive at Optus Stadium

Perth secures historic Ashes Test and One Day International for 2021-22 season

19 May 2021
Cricket's greatest rivalry is set to return to Perth following today's announcement that Optus Stadium will host the fifth Ashes Test between Australia and England from January 14 to 18 next year.
State of Origin game at Optus Stadium showing pyrotechnics

WA to welcome back State of Origin in 2022

21 Apr 2021
The National Rugby League (NRL) State of Origin — one of the nation's greatest sporting rivalries and one of the State's biggest event success stories — will return to Perth next year.
Go kart in front of Optus Stadium

Go-karts hit the track at Optus Stadium

8 Dec 2020
Perth will be able to experience high-octane go-kart racing at Optus Stadium from this Friday 11 December until the end of February on a unique 730-metre purpose-built track constructed at Stadium Park.
A general view of play during the round one NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm at Optus Stadium on March 10, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Optus Stadium reaches 100th event milestone

23 Aug 2020
Optus Stadium will welcome its 100th major event since its grand opening in January 2018, when the West Coast Eagles take on GWS Giants today (August 23).
Optus Stadium view from the Swan River at twilight.

Major sport and entertainment events bring economic boost for WA

21 Jul 2020
Western Australians were treated to a choice of sport and entertainment events last week helping to stimulate the local economy.
Optus Stadium view from the Swan River at twilight.

Campaign urges interstate footy fans to stay and play in WA

17 Feb 2020
Interstate football fans are being encouraged to head west to cheer on their team in Perth and stay on to holiday as part of Tourism Western Australia's marketing campaign for the 2020 AFL season.
The Bledisloe Cup is seen during the 2019 Rugby Championship Test Match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at Optus Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Perth to host rugby world champions and second Bledisloe Cup

30 Jan 2020
Two of rugby union's powerhouse nations will take on Australia's Wallabies at Optus Stadium over the next two years thanks to a deal struck by the State Government, through Tourism WA and Rugby Australia.
Graham 'Polly' Farmer of the Geelong Cats VFL club kicks a ball. (Photo by Getty Images)

Public invited to State Funeral service for Graham “Polly” Farmer

19 Aug 2019
Members of the public are invited to pay their respects to the late Graham "Polly" Farmer at a State Funeral service to be held at Optus Stadium from 11am on Monday August 26.
A general view of play during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at HBF Park on June 19, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

State Government secures another NRL team to call Perth home

6 Aug 2019
Reigning premiers the Sydney Roosters will become the latest NRL club to make Perth their temporary home, with the rugby league powerhouse set to play three matches at HBF Park from 2020-22.
Nicky Winmar poses with his statue during the Nicky Winmar statue unveiling at Optus Stadium on July 06, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Nicky Winmar statue unveiled at Optus Stadium

6 Jul 2019
A statue depicting Nicky Winmar's courageous stand against racism was unveiled at Optus Stadium today by the AFL great, Premier Mark McGowan and AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan.
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