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Perth Rectangular Stadium – Emotions & elegance from stainless steel combined
It seats around 20,000 people, is home to music and sports, and is currently hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup in New Zealand and Australia for the first time. Perth Rectangular Stadium will host five matches, with a total of around 85,000 fans in the stands. The tiers of the arena are clad with architectural mesh from GKD.
Since 1910, the site of today’s Perth Rectangular Stadium has been a home for sports. Over the years, the arena has been repeatedly rebuilt and renovated. In the meantime, the only rectangular stadium in the Australian megacity near the Swan River is a state-of-the-art event venue for sports and music. While pop and rock stars such as Ed Sheeran and Sir Elton John have already made the arena shake, the Women’s World Cup is the first international sports highlight to be held in Perth Rectangular Stadium.
The sports facility was renovated this year especially for the World Cup. Prior to this, GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG from Düren, Germany, also played its part in the modernization with refurbishment work. Australian architects Cox Architecture used GKD materials to give the home ground of Perth Glory FC and the Western Force a new look in 2012. For this purpose, 32 panels with a total of 2000m2 of Omega 1520 stainless steel mesh with bronze weft were installed. In addition to practical aspects such as wind and rain protection, the GKD facade has another function: it gives the Perth Rectangular Stadium a recognizable face.