|Full name||Perth Oval|
|Former names||Loton Park
Members Equity Stadium
ME Bank Stadium
Perth, Western Australia
|Renovated||2004 and 2012|
|Owner||City of Vincent|
|Record attendance||26,760 (1969)|
|East Perth Football Club (1910–2002)
Perth Glory FC (1996–)
WA Reds (2008–)
Western Force (2010–)
Western Australia Angels (2013-)
Perth Oval (known as nib Stadium under a naming rights agreement) is a sports stadium in Perth, the capital of the Australian state of Western Australia. Located close to Perth's central business district, the stadium currently has a maximum capacity of 20,500 people for sporting events and 25,000 people for concerts, with the ground's record attendance of 26,760 people set during an Australian rules football game in 1969. The land on which the stadium was built was made a public reserve in 1904, with the main ground developed several years later. Perth Oval was the home ground of the East Perth Football Club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) from 1910 until 2002, and hosted several of the competition's grand finals during that time. In 2004, the ground was redeveloped, altering it from an oval field to a rectangular field. The ground is currently home to two major professional sporting clubs: Perth Glory FC, an Association football team competing in the A-League, and the Western Force, a rugby union team competing in the Super Rugby competition. The ground is also used by the WA Reds, a semi-professional rugby league team competing in the S. G. Ball Cup, and the Western Australia Angels, a women's gridiron football team competing in the LFL Australia, as well as for concerts.
The stadium is currently used for hosting sports and concerts.
In sports mode the stadium has a capacity of over 18,000. Football team Perth Glory has played at the ground since 1996. The stadium is unusual among modern Australian stadiums for having a standing terrace at the northern end of the ground, called The Shed. The main terrace in front of The Shed is the home to the vocal supporters of Perth Glory FC, namely Glory Fans United.
The ground has hosted rugby union team Western Force since 2010. The Force's move to the stadium led to a minor redevelopment of facilities at the ground, including an increase in capacity and improved lighting.
From 2008 the stadium has hosted WA Reds home matches in the Bundaberg Red Cup. Five NRL games have been played at the oval, with one match each season since 2009. The stadium has housed the administrative facilities of the Western Australia Rugby League since 2003.
The land on which the stadium is built was known as Loton's Paddock after the previous owner William Loton, Lord Mayor of Perth. The Paddock had been reclaimed from part of Stone's Lake, which was part of a lake system known as The Great Lakes District which included Lake Monger and Herdsman Lake.
Loton sold the land to the City of Perth in 1904 with the purpose of providing recreation for the residents of the area. After the 2004 redevelopment part of the ground reverted to public open space and was co-named Loton Park, to honour Loton, and Yoordgoorading as a reference to the original Indigenous inhabitants of the land.
In the early 1930s large white entry gates were built on the north west corner of the ground. These have since been heritage listed.
Association football (soccer) was an early tenant at Loton Park, playing regular matches as early as 1903, when over 2,000 spectators attended a Charity Cup match between Olympic FC and Civil Service.
In 1905 the land was offered to the WA British Football Association but the asking price was considered too high.
Prior to the 2004 redevelopment, Perth Oval was oval-shaped, and when Perth Glory FC entered the NSL in 1996, temporary stands were moved onto the pitch to get supporters closer to the action. After playing in these conditions for four years, it became apparent that the Glory would need their own rectangular stadium and after Glory's proposed redevelopment of Leederville Oval was rejected, the Town of Vincent completely overhauled the ground into a rectangular stadium.
Australian rules football
Australian rules football club East Perth Football Club moved to Perth Oval from Wellington Square in 1910. They played their last match at the ground in 1999 before permanently moving away in 2003.
In 1956 the F.D. Book Stand was built as part of East Perth Football Club's golden jubilee celebrations. It was named after administrator Fred Book, who was instrumental in ensuring Perth Oval stayed as a sporting ground during World War II.
The ground was briefly used as a home base for East Perth's WAFL rivals West Perth and Perth. Six West Australian Football League Grand Finals were played at Perth Oval, the first being in 1912 and the last in 1935.
Rugby was played at Perth Oval as early as 1905.
The ground has occasionally been used by the Western Australian Rugby Union to host state league finals matches at least as far back as 1940.
The record crowd for the ground was 26,760 for the 31 May 1969 derby Australian football match between East Perth and West Perth. The record soccer crowd for a match at the ground, is 18,067 in the 1998–99 NSL season against South Melbourne FC. The record sporting crowd at the venue since the redevelopment is 19,279 in a Super 14 game between the Western Force and Crusaders on 24 April 2010.
In Popular Culture
Perth Oval is mentioned in the book Zero Hour by Clive Cussler. The books main character Kurt Austin negotiates a pair of tickets to a Rugby match after helping out Australian Security Intelligence Organisation agents.
nib Stadium has been the venue of major music concerts, including:
|2005||15 February||Tom Jones & John Farnham|
|19 February||Moonlight Music and Wine Festival|
|29 October||Luciano Pavarotti|
|2007||9 February||Roger Waters|
|11 February||Eric Clapton|
|2008||1 February||The Police|
|5 March||Rod Stewart|
|29 March||Jack Johnson|
|8 April||Celine Dion|
|10 May||Elton John|
|31 October||Def Leppard|
|1 November||Eros Ramazzotti|
|23 November||Billy Joel|
|2009||4 April||The Who|
|14 November||Pearl Jam|
|11 December||Fleetwood Mac|
|24 November||Leonard Cohen|
|4 December||Jack Johnson|
|2011||29 March||Neil Diamond|
|6 April||Lionel Richie|
|15 October||Def Leppard|
|22 October||Meat Loaf|
|19 November||Kings of Leon|
|28 November||Foo Fighters|
|2012||4 February||Rod Stewart|
|2013||11 December||Taylor Swift|
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