BASSENDEAN Council’s decision to reject Bassendean Oval as a venue for the Soundwave and Origin concerts has been praised by WAFL officials.
Council last week resolved to write to the promoters of the two multi-stage concerts to advise that any application would be unsuccessful.
Town of Bassendean officers said the Soundwave concert, which last year attracted 22,000 people, severely hampered the council’s ability to prepare the oval for the WAFL season.
Swan Districts business development manager Angela Doyle recently wrote to the Town to express the club’s opposition to the events.
“The event itself causes a significant impact to the condition of the ground, making it very difficult to reach the safe standards required,” she said.
“Player safety is a high priority for our club and as such we cannot support an event which jeopardises playing standards and compromises player safety.”
At the recent semi-final between Swan Districts and East Perth, many Royals fans commented on the degraded playing surface. East Perth football manager Mark Winnett said that the oval’s condition was not great for a WAFL fixture.
“A lot of the feedback... was that the centre square was pretty chopped up and slippery underfoot,” he said. “It’s in the best interests of football to have the ground as good as possible and it was a bit like a skating rink at times.”
Swan Districts chief executive Brendan Parker said the concert had caused severe damage.
“There are two sides to it but the Soundwave concert certainly sidetracks our pre-season and early season,” he said.
“We have to vacate the oval for about six weeks at the start of the season and it definitely affects the playing surface.”