A record 32,000 people attended the Foo Fighters concert at nib Stadium last night, making this the highest attended event ever at Perth’s state of the art rectangular stadium.

VenuesWest Chairman Graham Partridge OAM says “this is the largest number of patrons to attend nib Stadium and I commend this great effort to all the floor staff, security, the venue response team and event and food staff for making it a great success.”

“The event went very smoothly and there were very few instances where security was required. This is a testament to our highly organised and capable events team,” said Mr Partridge

Due to the size of the event and the number of tickets sold, over 280 security personnel were in attendance to ensure a safe and positive experience for all patrons.

“It is fantastic that we have been able to work with Frontier Touring to bring one of the world’s most popular music groups to Australia, let alone to play at the nib Stadium, which is owned by VenuesWest on behalf of the State government.”

This is the second time that the Foo Fighters have played at nib Stadium after drawing a crowd of 29,329 in 2011 and we are delighted the band and Frontier Touring chose our venue once again.

“It’s no huge surprise to hear that the Foo Fighters have smashed nib Stadium’s capacity record. The Sonic Highways Tour of Australia and New Zealand has seen the Foo Fighters lift the bar yet again on touring in this part of the world,” said Michael Gudinski, head of Frontier Touring.

“Few artists can fill stadiums these days and even fewer can deliver a show of the quality and intensity of the Foo Fighters. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with one of the greatest, if not the greatest live rock band in the world," said Mr Gudinski.

With a unique stage configuration facing across the pitch towards a new state-or-the-art East Grandstand, nib Stadium has proven to be the perfect venue to host a stadium show.

In 2013, the State invested $95 million into the redevelopment of nib Stadium, which included the construction of the eastern and southern grandstands, as well as the installation of new electronic scoreboards and a vision screen. In sporting mode, the venue’s capacity is 20,299.

“It is our priority to ensure that nib Stadium, Western Australia’s premier rectangular sports and entertainment venue, delivers a diverse range of quality sporting and music events,” said Mr Partridge.

VenuesWest is Western Australia’s provider of premier sports, recreation and entertainment venues and its portfolio includes the new and world class Perth Arena and the redeveloped nib Stadium. Recently the State Government confirmed that the new Perth Stadium would join the VenuesWest portfolio when completed in 2018.

These are in addition to HBF Stadium, HBF Arena, WA Athletics Stadium, WA Basketball Centre, Midvale Speeddome, Perth Motorplex, Champion Lakes Regatta Centre and the WA Rugby Centre, with the State Netball Centre and the Western Australian Institute of Sports High Performance Service Centre under construction currently.

 

Background information on nib Stadium

Formally known as Perth Oval nib Stadium was originally built in 1910. In 2003 an $11.4 million dollar major redevelopment was commissioned and funded by the State and Local Governments, which saw Perth Oval configured into a rectangular stadium in 2004.

The State then invested $95 million into nib Stadium, providing a high quality rectangular stadium which seats approximately 20,500.

The venue is owned and managed on behalf of the Government of Western Australia by VenuesWest.

The ground is currently home to two major professional sporting clubs:

  • Perth Glory FC, a soccer team competing in the A-League
  • Emirates Western Force, a rugby union team competing in the Super Rugby competition

The stadium is also used by the WA Reds, a semi-professional rugby league team and has up to six major concerts per year.

Redevelopment

The $95 million redevelopment includes:
* New permanent eastern stand
* Food and beverage concessions
* East stand toilets
* East stand entrance gates
* New concourse
* Roof coverage to 80 per cent of east stand seats
* Operational maintenance works to the existing west stand
* New pitch lighting
* New pitch
* Video replay boards
* BBQ terrace
* Open Corporate Reserves (OCR’s) to east stand bowl with awning to front of east tier for shade protection.