Optus Stadium Open Day: thousands to attend community event at new venue

Richard and Matilda O’Connell waiting for their chance to see the new stadium.THOUSANDS of people have gathered at Optus Stadium as Perth gets a first look at the city’s newest sporting venue.

By day’s end, more than 100,000 people should have rolled through the gates of the state-of-the-art Burswood facility.

By 7.30am, hundreds were waiting their chance to get in – and some took the opportunity to thank former premier Colin Barnett for his contribution to the development.

Mr Barnett, who has now exited Parliament, was at the helm of the state when the sometimes controversial decision to about the location and construction of the stadium was made.

Outside the stadium. Daglish father Richard O’Connell described the venue as “fantastic”.

“It’s a great spectacle for WA and I’m really proud that this reflects WA and was paid for by WA taxpayers,” he said.

“I can’t wait to see the Eagles play here and win.”

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