Moved Thread Optus Stadium capacity should be increased to 80,000

ChrisHunt313131

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Optus Stadium is obviously a brilliant stadium however I think the capacity should be increased to 80,000 ASAP.

I believe the stadium was built to be able to add 1 more level to increase the capacity however I stand to be corrected.

West Coast need an 80,000 plus stadium like Richmond, Collingwood have at the MCG.

Thoughts?
 

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Underdog

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West Coast don't "need" 80,000. They may want 80,000 (they don't), but football isn't the only consideration. A game is just another booked date for stadium management and West Coast only have a dozen or so across the year. This is a taxpayer funded stadium, not an AFL stadium. Does the increased cost for all other events justify it? I wouldn't have thought so.
 

Kwality

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I'm not sure the WA government can afford it. All they know how to do over there is dig stuff out of the ground and that is declining.
Just so you know the mining construction boom is what has passed us (Australia) by, the building bit, not the digging it up bit - how could you be so ignorant, where you live may account for your demonstrable ignorance.

So lets see, in the latest DFAT #s:
IF by the highly unlikely chance you want to add FACT to your knowledge bank here is a grab issued by DFAT to edumecate the masses:
https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/australias-trade-by-state-and-territory-2016-17.pdf

Merchandise exports: Based on ABS trade data on the DFAT STARS database.
Western Australia’s major export commodities in 2016-17
Iron ore & concentrates up 31.6 per cent to $62.1 billion
Goldup 13.2 per cent to $17.7 billion
Crude petroleum – up 25.7 per cent to $4.5 billion
Wheat – down 8.9 per cent to $2.5 billion
Copper ores & concentrates – down 3.3 per cent to $1.4 billion.
*Natural gas exports are now included in confidential items of trade from July 2015 onwards. Please refer to the information on this topic on page 4.

Who is doing the heavy lifting, who are the leaners:
https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/australias-trade-by-state-and-territory-2016-17.pdf
Australia’s exports by State and Territory, balance of payments basis
• In 2016-17, Australia exported $373.2 billion worth of goods and services
Western Australia accounted for 35.1 per cent (or $130.9 billion) of Australia’s total exports
– Queensland accounted for 22.4 per cent (or $83.6 billion)
– New South Wales accounted for 22.3 per cent (or $83.3 billion)
Victoria accounted for 12.9 per cent (or $48.3 billion)
– South Australia accounted for 4.0 per cent (or $14.9 billion)
– Northern Territory accounted for 1.6 per cent (or $6.1 billion)
– Tasmania and the ACT accounted for 1.1 per cent and 0.5 per cent respectively.
 

Pykie

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Just so you know the mining construction boom is what has passed us (Australia) by, the building bit, not the digging it up bit - how could you be so ignorant, where you live may account for your demonstrable ignorance.

So lets see, in the latest DFAT #s:
IF by the highly unlikely chance you want to add FACT to your knowledge bank here is a grab issued by DFAT to edumecate the masses:
https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/australias-trade-by-state-and-territory-2016-17.pdf

Merchandise exports: Based on ABS trade data on the DFAT STARS database.
Western Australia’s major export commodities in 2016-17
Iron ore & concentrates up 31.6 per cent to $62.1 billion
Goldup 13.2 per cent to $17.7 billion
Crude petroleum – up 25.7 per cent to $4.5 billion
Wheat – down 8.9 per cent to $2.5 billion
Copper ores & concentrates – down 3.3 per cent to $1.4 billion.
*Natural gas exports are now included in confidential items of trade from July 2015 onwards. Please refer to the information on this topic on page 4.

Who is doing the heavy lifting, who are the leaners:
https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/australias-trade-by-state-and-territory-2016-17.pdf
Australia’s exports by State and Territory, balance of payments basis
• In 2016-17, Australia exported $373.2 billion worth of goods and services
Western Australia accounted for 35.1 per cent (or $130.9 billion) of Australia’s total exports
– Queensland accounted for 22.4 per cent (or $83.6 billion)
– New South Wales accounted for 22.3 per cent (or $83.3 billion)
Victoria accounted for 12.9 per cent (or $48.3 billion)
– South Australia accounted for 4.0 per cent (or $14.9 billion)
– Northern Territory accounted for 1.6 per cent (or $6.1 billion)
– Tasmania and the ACT accounted for 1.1 per cent and 0.5 per cent respectively.
Luckily an economy isn’t judged on exports only?

Victoria is 4% of the countries land mass and contributes to 25% of the countries GDP.
 

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Kwality

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Or the largest growing population in the country, largest construction sector etc etc.


But keep complaining.....

The ignorant peanut (OP) set the ground rules, I simply replied using his choice of weapons, doggy doo I know ....
All they know how to do over there is dig stuff out of the ground and that is declining.
Putting him straight was a pleasure, reckon he probably listens to Jon Faine or Neil Mitchell, these guys keep the y in local /yokel.
 

nameless

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Melbourne have more than double the population of Perth.

4.6m compared to 2m.

100,000 seat stadium is 2.1% of Melbourne's population.

60,000 seat Stadium is 3% of Perth population.

Simplistically the stadium fits with our population.

West Coast also want to keep supply low so they can charge the highest membership prices.
 

Scotland

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High membership prices suck but it's the price you pay for a stadium and clubs to be self sufficient.

If Victoria needed a new stadium the people would be crying that it needed to be given to them for free, all tickets were $20 and available on the day and their clubs would keep 90% of the revenue and only play against other Victorian clubs and only in good times lots.
 

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It was just built, surely there is a significant cost to increase its capacity, let it sit for 5-10 years and see if an upgrade is required.
 

Scotland

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Freo had 6 games with a crowd under 50k and 3 under 40k (one was a one off against GC).

West Coast had one crowd under 50k and 7 under 55k.

Judging the venue on two finals is silly. On that metric the MCG is too small because they keep getting 90k+ sellouts with all Vic finals.

I was a proponent of 65-70k but it really doesn't need to be a super stadium that's rarely full. Most WC games you can buy a ticket if you want and the ground is still fairly full which is what the clubs and operators want.

It needs a 5-10 year period of operation to gauge whether the capacity is sufficient.
 

Admiral Byng

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Thing is, if you make the stadium any bigger, the break-even number per event increases also because of the higher operating and maintenance costs. Make it too big and you risk turning lots of smaller drawing (not AFL Finals) events into making a loss. The whole idea of having the stadium is for maximum public benefit drawing as many events as poissible - I think next big event at the stadium is Taylor Swift.
 

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Should've been 80. Absolutely stupid but that's what happens here.. There should always be the opportunity for people to role up and watch..
 
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