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Review of Perth Arena

Perth Arena
700 Wellington Street/Milligan St | Perth CBD, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
(08) 6211 7600
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Ranked #46 of 130 things to do in Perth
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Perth Arena is a building recently completed in our city of Perth Western Australia.
We desperately lack buildings in this city to host any major event (not to disregard this purpose built building) and we still do not have a purpose built venue for live music performances that can hold a large number of people.
Perth Arena was built for major sporting events so fails to meet the needs of live music events.
There appears to be problems of some type with vocals being projected clearly, I don't know the technical aspects of this issue, only the result, which is that it is very difficult to hear the actual words being sang.
Went to the Springsteen concert last night. It was so hot in the top seats in the rafters and frankly not enough fresh air in the building to the point of feeling ill at times. Add to the intense heat sitting on cheap plastic seats did not help.
I will think very carefully before going to any function in this building again in the future.
Surely we could have got the air-conditioning right.

Visited February 2014
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“Very average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Anything was overpriced inside and, choices of drinks deceively limited. Even the bartenders are embarrassed when you ask a few things they don't have in a row.

Sound was alright and venue is new so, good.

The decoration in the lobby looks modern but tasteless and cheap.

The exit of the parking is awful as you have to walk outside to use a lift that then goes back down under the arena... It takes ages and a half to drive out as the set of light next to the complex just won't allow more then a few cars at a time. We waited in the car to exit the parking for over an hour, fumes from the hundreds of cars piling up are debilitating...

Overall, I cannot believe it took so long and how expensive it was to build this.

Visited October 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“Food and beverage rip off”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Excellent venue for concert, sports etc aqustics superb but for best part of a billion dollars not much thought went into the food and beverages side of things! I can understand your local corner shop charging a few extra dollars as they dont get too much business but come on when you have 5 x 15 mtr ques just to buy a beer then to be over charged and have to pay $1 for a tray then theres something wrong! Why didnt they put in extra food and beverage areas so people wouldnt miss the concerts being stuck in ques. My advice would be to sat before you go and dont drink for a cpl of hours. Stop encouraging the rip off!

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“Hopman Cup @ Perth Arena”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

The arena was just right for a tournament like the Hopman Cup. New, nice and neat. We had good seats - so did everyone else I think.
I can't say the same thing about the organization and management of the tournament.

Visited January 2014
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“Poor replacement for Burswood Dome”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

I have seen three concerts thus far at the Perth Arena- The Wiggles we were seated on the very edge of the stage and the sound was good, Kiss/Motley Crüe/Thin Lizzy I was in the nose bleed section of the mosh pit and it was amazing but for Andre Rieu we were seated on the very top balcony at the back of the arena and the seating was horrid.

As many have mentioned already, the seats are cheap plastic with next to no leg room. On this top balcony it was incredibly steep (as are the other balconies, seen in the pictures) and I found this discerning and dangerous for there was little walking space even with the seats folded up and a fall down onto others below would be serious and almost probable.

The outside of the arena is an amazing piece of architecture, as is the inside, but sadly it isn't practical. As we were seated at the top (for Andre), we walked around each floor looking for how to get there as signs were not clearly marked. The only good thing about the seating arrangements is that you can clearly see the stage from every seat, even if you need binoculars.

Another thing that annoyed me up on the top was that because we were so far away we relied on the two projector screens either see if the stage except that either the projectors or speakers hung smack bang in the middle of each screen.

The concert itself was astounding, Andre and his JS Orchestra played brilliantly, but yes, the acoustics could have been better.

I'm not sure if it depends on the size of the crowd or what, but the lines for the toilets in break were ridiculous, as were the food and beverage prices.

Getting out after the concert was horrendous; as a majority of the audience were elderly they took the escalators which lead to a dangerous pile-up of people trying to get off the escalator into the packed crowd below (we were forced into the people in front of us as we went down the escalators so opted for the stairs). Traffic outside was also hectic, even for us as we crossed the street we were jammed in together and there were traffic controllers on the roads so we could get across.

Overall, the Perth Arena was a brilliant concept and has magnificent architecture, but the practicality of the place really drags its reputation right down. It is a horrendous replacement for the Burswood Dome, of which was easy to get to both via car and public transport, and I know that with every concert there's always going to be crowds and traffic jams afterwards. Being right in the CBD of Perth, though, really makes it crappy for all of the other commuters in the city, with it being so small. It's a shame that this is really the only kind of arena Perth has for major acts to perform at.

Visited October 2013
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