Three unmissable sporting events at Optus Stadium in 2019
Opened on January 21, 2018, Optus Stadium is the newest first-class arena in Australia and a new contender for the country’s finest. Located east of Perth’s Central Business District and surrounded by beautiful parklands and the iconic Swan River, the 60,000 seat stadium is the new pride and joy of the city’s proud sport and events industries and has become the primary host for fixtures in the Australian Football League, Big Bash League and A-League. It’s also Perth’s new home for international cricket, special rugby league and union fixtures, soccer friendlies with some of Europe’s biggest clubs and concerts from the world’s biggest acts.
Fraser Suites Perth’s location on the southeastern end of Adelaide Terrace ranks our luxury apartments among the city’s best accommodation for visitors attending an event at Optus Stadium, whether it be a once-in-a-lifetime concert or a thrilling preliminary final. Seeing the stadium in full swing with a packed house and lights beaming is an experience regardless of the occasion, so we’ve listed some of the biggest and best events that will be held at the arena in the next 12 months. Do yourself a favour and attend at least one, or show your true colours by getting tickets to them all.
State of Origin
The annual State of Origin rugby league series between New South Wales and Queensland is one of the greatest sporting rivalries in Australia -- and it’s heading west for the first time in history. A battle that was traditionally fought in the competing states alone has made a habit of expanding beyond the northeastern part of the country in recent years to expand interest in the league and provide neutral territory for one of the three games, which is only good news for Western Australia.
Game Two of the 2019 State of Origin series is scheduled for June 23 with kick-off at 5:40pm and is certain to be one of Perth’s biggest sporting events of the year. Locals and travelling fans alike will pack into the beautiful Optus Stadium to show their support for the Blues or the Maroons, with the opportunity to see the winner of Game One in Brisbane make it back-to-back victories and thus claim the series in Perth. Should the match result in the series tying at one win apiece, State of Origin will head to Sydney for a deciding Game Three.
Tickets for members and non-members are now available online. With seats being gobbled up by the minute, book yours soon to ensure you don’t miss out on this highly anticipated sporting spectacle.
Manchester United, Leeds United and Perth Glory
With the current A-League season drawing close to the finals, all eyes are on Premiers Plate winners Perth Glory to see if they can make it all the way to become champions for the first time in the club’s history in the modern competition. But while the short-term focus will be on the 2018/19 finals, football fans in Perth are also preparing for two blockbuster friendlies to be played at Optus Stadium in the upcoming offseason.
Manchester United, one of the richest and most successful clubs in the world, will take on the Glory in an exhibition match on Saturday July 13, giving Australians a chance to witness some of the best players on the planet take on one of the most talented squads in Australia. Fellow English powerhouses Leeds United will also be travelling to Perth to take on Manchester United on Wednesday July 17 to make it two unmissable fixtures in one week.
Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez, Fred, Romelu Lukaku, David de Gea, Juan Mata, Fred and Anthony Martial are just some of the world-renowned names fans will hope to see line up for the Red Devils, while Patrick Bamford and Jack Clarke are among the stars Perth may see in action for Leeds. Whether you’re a fan of any of the three clubs or not, this is an unmissable opportunity to watch two of the world’s great teams play on a pitch they may never visit again.
When we said State of Origin is one of the great sporting rivalries, it’s fair to say the Bledisloe Cup between the Wallabies and the All Blacks is an even more significant contest and on par with the Ashes as Australia’s longest and most important rivalry. Steeped in history and heartache, this rugby union series holds a special place in Australian sport -- even if the Kiwis have held the trophy every year since 2002.
The Wallabies and the All Blacks will meet at 12.30pm on Friday, August 9 at Optus Stadium for the first match of the 2019 series, with Australia likely needing a victory to have a chance at reclaiming the title in the second and final match in Auckland one week later on Saturday August 17.
It’s the first time the Bledisloe Cup will be contested in Perth and the only time the sides will meet on Australian soil in 2019, so you can expect this match to sell out before the gates are opened on the day.
Getting to Optus Stadium from Fraser Suites Perth
Staying at Fraser Suites Perth isn’t just an opportunity to stay in a luxury, fully furnished apartment with all the facilities and conveniences you need, it’s also conveniently situated just across the Swan River from Optus Stadium. A quick drive or taxi over Heirisson Island and up Camfield Drive will get you there in less than 10 minutes, but the half-hour pilgrimage on foot past the WACA, Gloucester Park, Victoria Gardens and Mardalup Park before crossing the river over Windan Bridge is more than manageable and far more rewarding. Plus, you won’t have to worry about parking or traffic, and it gives you a chance to see the throngs of fans grow with every step you take towards the stadium.