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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Screens aplenty as West Coast fever hits Perth

If you are someone who tries to avoid football whenever possible, good luck.
Perth is about to be consumed by grand final fever.
This is a story about some of the best places to watch Saturday’s AFL grand final between West Coast and Collingwood in Perth.
In hindsight, it might have been easier to look at the venues which are not showing the game.
Some venues have been selling tickets for their grand final screenings, such is the demand from the public.
The grand final is the biggest day on the Australian sporting calendar — and the Eagles are in with a red-hot chance of claiming Australian sport’s biggest prize.
If you did not have the luck or the means to get a ticket to the MCG, there are plenty of atmospheric options in Perth.
Optus Stadium and The Camfield are two obvious choices.
Stadium management have decided to throw open the gates — or more accurately, Gate D — so fans can watch the big game on Australia’s biggest screens.
All 2000 tickets for seats on the ground have sold out but there are still seats available in the stands.
Refreshment outlets will be open.
Tickets are $5 and all proceeds go to Telethon.
Staff at The Camfield are gearing up for the climax to their debut season as Perth’s go-to venue for drinks after the football.
The pub can hold 2500 people — and staff expect to reach that figure on Saturday.
Fans watching the game in the beer garden will be able to see Optus Stadium looming above the 5m big screen.
The Camfield’s sales and marketing manager, Ebony Lane, said the Burswood sports precinct would be “buzzing”.
“It’s definitely a great atmosphere down here,” she said.
“On Saturday, for example, we had people roaring and cheering at the screens.
“It’s just an amazing experience to hear the roars from the stadium as well.”
The Crown Sports Bar is another good choice for anyone eager to watch the game on a big screen with a big crowd.
Thousands of football fans will crowd into the venue to follow every moment of the game on the country’s biggest sports bar screens.
The Patriots Sports Bar in Northbridge has sold VIP booth packages for six to eight people, including food, drinks and table service. It will be one of several US-style sports bars in Perth embracing Australia’s national game.
The usual free public viewing sites will be showing the grand final, such as Northbridge Piazza and the Perth Cultural Centre.
You can add Yagan Square to that list for the first time.
The game will be shown on the digital tower.
If big screens are what you are after, Grand Cinemas are showing the game at their Currambine and Warwick gold lounge theatres.
The Vic in Subiaco — home of the $3.50 pint — has been offering two ticketed packages for $10 and $65 respectively.
The Wembley Hotel’s VIP packages have sold out but it will still take free general admission entries.
The Inglewood Hotel, another favourite pub among football followers, has decided not to sell tickets to its beer garden and lounge areas.
It has urged punters to get in early if they want a seat.
And if you are thinking about seeking sanctuary from the football at the Perth Royal Show, think again.
A spokeswoman said the grand final would be shown on screens all around Claremont Showground, including the four screens at the main arena.
They were even erecting extra screens for the game.
“No one’s going to miss out if they’re coming to the Royal Show,” the spokeswoman said.
“There are screens everywhere.”