AFL in Perth – What you need to know about AFL at Optus Stadium
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You haven’t been to an AFL game until you’ve seen a game at Perth’s newly built AFL home – Optus Stadium. Since its official open in January 2018, it has received many architectural awards, but the highest of awards was being voted Best Stadium in the League by AFL fans.
Optus Stadium may be the best spot for footy, but if you’re looking for the best hotel in Perth for AFL game days, look no further. Holiday Inn Perth City Centre is located in the heart of Perth City; the perfect location to explore Perth’s attractions, shopping district, and of course easily get to Optus Stadium.
Whether you’re going for the West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers (Perth home teams) or one of the other 16 teams – Holiday Inn Perth City Centre can’t wait to have you in your true colours.
FOOTY FAN OFFER: FREE DRINKS
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Footy Fans can enjoy a free drink at our industrial-chic restaurant and bar Ivy & Jack when you stay with us. Simply show us your AFL ticket upon check-in and we’ll hand over your drink voucher for you to choose from our extensive list of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails.
HOW TO GET TO THE GAME
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Getting to Optus Stadium from Perth City is easy! There are a variety of transport options to suit every traveller.
As an AFL ticket holder, your TransPerth bus fare is included in your ticket! Special event buses are hosted on game day so you can get to Optus Stadium quickly, easily and for free. Our recommended bus route and directions are as follows:
- Upon exiting Holiday Inn Perth, turn left on Hay Street and walk towards William Street.
- At the William Street intersection turn right and walk towards St Georges Terrace.
- As you reach St Georges Tce, turn slight right at St Georges Terrace to board the bus at stop 10116 (St Georges Tce before William).
- The bus will arrive at Matagarup Bridge Bus Stands, from here is a short walk across the bridge to Optus Stadium.
- To return, reverse directions.
Driving to Optus stadium from Holiday Inn Perth City Centre will take a minimum of 15 minutes. There is limited parking availability at Burswood, which is a 5-10 minute walk from Optus Stadium. Burswood offers both free and paid parking options at various car parks.
Please drive responsibly. The legal blood alcohol limit in Australia is 0.05.
If you do not wish to take public Transport, we recommend hailing a Taxi or ordering an Uber/Ola (ridesharing app). While rates will vary, during the off-period a taxi will cost ~$25 and an Uber ~$15. These prices are likely to change on AFL Game Day.
Walking through Perth City to Optus Stadium is a great way to explore Perth if you have some time to spare. From Holiday Inn Perth City Centre, it will take 50 minutes to walk to Optus Stadium.
To keep the walk exciting, you can download an Activated ArtWalk which makes street art come to life! To learn more about the app, see here.
Cruise along the Swan River to Matagarup Bridge for the ultimate entry to Optus Stadium. Watch the city go by as you enjoy a drink in the sea breeze. Choose from purchasing a season cruise pass or an individual cruise pass from Captain Cook Cruises.
BEFORE THE GAME
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Ivy & Jack
Ivy & Jack is a great spot for a pre or post game feed in Perth City. They’re open from 6.30am – late and offer a variety of specials including $15 lunch and Happy Hour from 5pm – 6pm. If you can’t make it to the game, the footy will be screening live, including the pre-game action.
The Camfield prides itself as Australia’s largest pub, and it’s conveniently located right next to Optus Stadium. Be sure to stop by early, as it will pack out with game goers and AFL fans watching on the big screens.
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Do you provide transport to the game?
While we don’t provide transport to the AFL at Optus Stadium, we are more than happy to organise a taxi for you.
Where can I find the 2019 AFL Fixtures?
The AFL Optus Stadium fixtures can be found on the AFL Website.
Can I take my own food and drink to Optus Stadium?
Optus Stadium is a fully licensed venue which means that you can purchase both food and alcohol on arrival. However, if you would prefer to bring your own food you are welcome to.
You are not able to BYO alcohol or beverages in glass bottles. Plastic water bottles must be sealed on arrival.
What else do I need to bring?
Sunscreen! Our top tip at the footy is to layer up on the SPF 50. We also recommend bringing a jumper if you’re attending a night game as it can get chilly.
Try to avoid bringing large bags, as they will need to be inspected upon entry which will take longer.
I have young kids, is there a parent’s room?
There is a parent’s room on each level of the stadium with change tables, feeding rooms, toilets and even a television so you don’t miss the footy. We recommend asking a staff member where the closest parent’s room is in relation to your seat.
When are the AFL Finals/ AFL Grand Final?
The date of the AFL finals can change each year depending on the teams, however you can find the fixtures here. The Grand Final is always hosted in Melbourne, and will be played on 28 September 2019.
Hotel Deals & Packages
We update our hotel deals and packages regularly. Keep an eye on our Promotions for more great reasons to stay and save at Holiday Inn Perth City Centre. These deals are exclusive to our website, plus when you book direct, our Best Price Guarantee ensures you get the best price available. If you find a better price somewhere else, we’ll match it and give you five times the IHG® Rewards Club Points.