AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has guaranteed football in Perth in 2018 will be played at the new Burswood stadium.
negotiations continue with the state government, West Coast and
Fremantle want a better deal than what has transpired at the redeveloped
While Adelaide and Port Adelaide have attracted
40,000-plus spectators in the past 18 months, they haven't received the
financial compensation they hoped, thanks to a poorly-constructed
The new Perth stadium is expected to be ready for the
2018 AFL season and both the Eagles and Dockers are keen to ensure a
deal is in place with the West Australian government that sees them
There remains sticking points over what
will open the 60,000-seat stadium, how much the clubs will receive for
their home fixtures and who will run the venue.
But McLachlan is confident the final deal is close and says the AFL will be contributing to the building costs.
fears the AFL and clubs would play hard ball and threaten to remain at
Subiaco Oval, McLachlan guaranteed football will be played at the new
Burswood stadium in 2018.
"I have not contemplated not playing at
this fabulous new stadium in 2018. It's an incredible asset for Perth
and Western Australians, and I'm looking forward to playing football
there," McLachlan said while in Perth for discussions with the state
"It is obvious we are making a significant commitment
to this venue and we'd like to make sure that the sharp end of the
season, in September, that we have priority but absolutely this deal
will be resolved hopefully a long way before 2018."
confirmed that Fremantle and West Coast, who are currently first and
second, will host preliminary finals in Perth if they earn the right to
do so this season.
"Yes, particularly if they play each other. If
separate, they will be playing prelim finals in Perth and to be honest
the way they are playing it is a possibility," McLachlan said.