Perth’s Subiaco Oval, or Domain Stadium as it has been called for the past few years, hosted its final event on November 18 when Australia defeated Ireland in the International Rules.
The home of WA Football and served its purpose and now AFL and other major events get set to move to the brand new 60,000-seat Optus Stadium at Burswood.
The venue firs opened in 1908 as Mueller Park and has hosted 1434 WAFL games, 545 AFL games and a range of other major events including concerts.
West Coast Eagles entered the AFL in 1987 and hosted Richmond in their first match at Subiaco Oval. WA’s second AFL team also played at the venue when they entered the national competition. It also hosted Western Force Super 14 matches in their early days, international rugby and Perth Glory matches including the 2000 Grand Final which attracted 43,242 fans – a figure that remained the record NSL crowd for many years.
Subiaco Oval’s capacity is just over 43,000 although its record crowd for a sporting event was 52,781 for the WAFL Grand Final in 1979, while 65,000 attended the Adele Concert this year. The venue has seen many upgrades over the years including the three-tier stand in 1969, two-tier stand in 1981, further two-tier stands in 1995 and 1999 while floodlights were installed in 1997 to enable night matches.
The ground had its first naming-rights sponsor in 2010 as it became Patersons Stadium before Domain took over the rights in 2015.
The WA Football Commission will auction off parts of the stadium – including rows of seats, signs and other memorabilia.
The Eagles will continue to train at Subiaco Oval until their new base at Lathlain Park is complete and demolition of the ground is not likely to begin until late next year.