News: Perth Football Stadium To Be Turned Into A Wavepool
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West Australia’s reputation as the most progressive state in Australia could be set to take a mighty leap forward with the announcement a former footy field could be transformed into a $120 million “Urban surfing wave park”. News Limited’s The Sunday Times today trumpeted the “exciting new vision” for Subiaco Oval, till now home to the state’s two AFL teams and various other sporting codes in the West. Though just a pipedream at the moment, the preliminary drawings reveal a set up similar Snowdonia’s Wave Garden albeit surrounded by one and two bedroom apartments at one end and an assortment of parks, shopping centres and “wellness venues” at the other. The Sunday Times reports Wave Park Group Chairman Andrew Ross said: “Developers were that excited some were prepared to sign up already even without current land rights.” “There are actually more surfers in WA than there are people who play cricket, indoor and outdoor combined. There are over 300 AFL and cricket ovals in Perth and not one dedicated surfing facility,” Mr Ross said. “Most of our good beaches are shut six months of the year to surfboards anyway … this will be the best and longest wave within a three-hour drive of Perth.”