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“Hopman Cup @ Perth Arena”
Review of Perth Arena

Perth Arena
Ranked #22 of 169 things to do in Perth
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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.

Thank pinayoz
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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.

3  Thank Ophelia T
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

Our annual treat to be part of the Hopman Cup gave us an opportunity to witness a wonderful standard of tennis from both teams for the finals. Venue is good and lovely to see the roof open, which made it more comfortable due to the heat.

Disappointed to have to queue for such long periods just to get a coffee or any food from the food outlets. Clearly nothing was learned from last years fiasco when we queued for nearly an hour for a coffee. The system is totally inadequate to cater for the large crowds who are all coming out of the venue during breaks at the same time. Also some of the food outlets were closed after the second match so during the final break we were subjected to even longer queues and less options. Shame!

The toilet facilities for the ladies is also totally inadequate as the queues were way out the door for each block. It is a joke considering this is a purpose built venue for entertainment purposes. Should have taken a leaf out of the MCG or Ethiad stadia on how to accommodate the crowds.

Thank Clodagh01
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

this is an Annual event i hate missing - a really friendly Tennis Tournament where its obvious the players are also enjoying themselves - its not got the prestige of the other tenniss tournaments but a great way to start the year - and the female players all want to win those diamond studded trophies! - the new venue at perth Arena is much better than Burswood - parking in Elder street is easy as the Arena Car Park fills really quickly. Need more coffee kiosks though - queued for 40 mins for a coffee!

Thank LindaLu272
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

We went to see Muse at the Perth Arena November 30th and it was an absolutely amazing event. The Perth Arena (though tickets are pricey) is a fantastic venue for live concerts as gives amazing acoustics and great views from nearly all seats.

Will be going back to see the Ice Hockey in 2014.... would recommend as concert venue to anyone.

Thank GreensinOz
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