From the anticipation of arriving at a major event to the communal experience of leaving with the crowd, Perth Stadium Station in Western Australia delivers on the stadium’s “fan first” philosophy. It’s also – importantly – an integral part of the precinct’s overall transport solution.
Designed by Hassell and completed before the opening of the 60,000-capacity Optus Stadium, the station delivers patrons right into the heart of the action.
With high frequency trains running during major events, the station has been designed and laid out to comfortably and efficiently move large crowds – up to 28,000 people within an hour after an event. There are no escalators to create bottlenecks, while 11 lifts ensure accessibility for people with disabilities or prams.
The sequence of spaces within the station defines the event day experience for passengers, whether they’re coming or going. The arched concourse roof – lined with copper cladding to emulate the state’s rich, coloured soils – creates a strong sense of arrival, while canopies flow as ribbons along the rail corridor to direct movement.
The station is connected to the stadium by the Stadium Park and Chevron Parklands, which we also designed. Arbours provide shade for patrons, while entertainment spaces and buffer zones help manage large event crowds.
Already, signs point to a very busy hub. In the precinct’s first year of operations, more than 75% of attendees at major events used public transport – exceeding the state’s 70% target.
Fortunately, we designed the station – Perth’s second largest – to adapt changing needs, with platforms that can be extended by 225 metres to accommodate longer trains in the future.