Perth's new 60,000-seat stadium could be restricted to host a maximum crowd of 40,000 at a potential Big Bash League semi-final because the state government is worried public transport and pedestrian access isn't ready.
It all depends on whether the city’s public transport system can cope with this weekend’s community day, expected to attract 110,000 people to the stadium.
The McGowan government has announced the 40,000 cap if the Perth Scorchers host the midweek BBL semi due to construction delays on the Matagraup Bridge designed to bring thousands of pedestrians to the venue from East Perth.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti says the advice she has received is that a cap is recommended given the constraints on the public transport system during the semi-final.
It is set to take place at 4pm mid-week in order for east coast viewers to watch the match live.
“During these hours the buses and trains are being used in the wider network, hence the system simply does not have the capacity without the bridge,” Ms Saffioti said in a statement on Tuesday.
She said the government would evaluate how the transport system operates on the Community Open Day and One Day International before deciding on an appropriate cap.
The minister says she will discuss other possible solutions when she meets with WACA chief executive Christina Matthews and the Department of Transport and Perth Transport Authority within the next few days.
Opposition Leader Mike Nahan has said it was always going to be a challenge to encourage West Australians to use public transport and walk rather than drive.
He has also warned that action may be taken against the government for failing to finish the footbridge, as the ticket cap could deny revenue to the stadium’s owners.
The government has also copped criticism for not providing a pick-up and drop-off zone at the venue and prohibiting ride-sharing services, such as Uber, from accessing the stadium.
Attendance has been staggered for this weekend’s public opening with additional train and bus services on all lines running from 7.30am to 10pm.
About 15,000 ticket holders will tour the stadium in one-hour time slots from 8am to 9pm, with a further 95,000 people to access the general admission area.
Meanwhile, the stadium announced on Tuesday that fans will pay the same price of $8.50 for a cup of beer as was sold at the WACA and Domain Stadium.