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The range of upgrades will allow the historic Perth venue to meet FIFA requirements to be a host venue in the upcoming World Cup, as well as providing benefits for future events.

Upgrades to the historic venue are set to include:

  • replacing the halogen lights with a shift to modern LED lighting
  • upgrading the pitch through removal, levelling and turf replacement
  • new player races and bench areas
  • upgrades to the existing power supply, including a new switch room. 

The funding will also cover temporary infrastructure such as additional seating and facilities for players, media and patrons to cater for the World Cup.

Work is also underway on the new $32 million State Football Centre in Queens Park, which is due for completion before the World Cup. The elite facility will be capable of hosting visiting international teams as a training ground, as well as grassroots football and junior development programs.

As a host city, Perth will showcase some of the best players in the world for several matches as well as training.

The prestigious competition is anticipated to deliver millions of dollars of economic and job-creating benefits to the State and will catapult Western Australia onto television screens around the world.

According to FIFA, the 2019 tournament had an enormous television audience with more than a billion viewers tuning into the action worldwide. More than a million fans attended the 52 matches played across France.

The 2023 tournament is set to be bigger and better than ever, expanding to 65 matches with 32 teams to compete in the biggest women's sporting event in the world.

The tournament will be held between 20 July 2023 and 20 August 2023 in cities across Australia and New Zealand following the successful joint-country bid. The full FIFA Women's World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 match schedule and Perth match dates will be announced later this year.

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Page reviewed 07 September 2021