Alexander responds to Perth stadium criticism
- Wednesday, 08 March 2017
Alexander was targeted after a West Australian article highlighted comments about the transition of WA football into the new Perth stadium at Burswood. The ex-WAFL ruckman was published stating;
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OPEN LETTER TO ALL WAFL PRESIDENTS AND CEO’S REGARDING SPORTS MEMORABILIA AT PERTH STADIUM.
I want to reassure you that ALL options to showcase WAFL footy memorabilia at the new Perth stadium are still on the table – including the Sandover Medal Walk – and all options are still being discussed by our sporting memorabilia reference group, led by Ronnie Hurst.
Only last week, the WAFC presented an excellent submission to the Sporting Memorabilia Reference Group. At that meeting, Ronnie outlined the room naming strategy and confirmed that all WAFL Champions and Legends will be duly recognised at the new stadium. He did, however, confirm that he couldn’t exactly state where and how they would be recognised at this point in time because discussions are still continuing.
I also want to state that I believe the WAFC has done a good job of recognising our past great WAFL players and great WAFL games at Subiaco Oval. The point I was endeavouring to make – but didn’t do a very good job of – is modern technology will allow us to take the recognition of our great game to a new level via the 25 separate opportunities that exist at the new stadium. I can assure you all that due recognition of our WAFL Sandover Medallist, past great administrators, past great players and great highlights of past WAFL games will play a big part in the footy memorabilia that is ultimately showcased at the new stadium.
Subiaco's Matt Priddis putting his name into the Sandover Medal Walk in 2006.
The vision for recognising football at the new stadium is about bringing the stories, personalities and famous WAFL games to life through the use of new and cutting edge technology. The technology will provide us with far greater opportunities and spaces at the new stadium, ensuring we duly recognise the rich heritage of Western Australian football for fans in the future.
We understand that WAFL football is a crucial and continuing part of our football landscape in Western Australia. I have always said football and the government are “invested” in achieving mutual success and I can guarantee that my colleagues and I are working hard to ensure the success of football transitioning to the new stadium, at the same time as representing the wider community interests.
We are wirking with the WAFC and with all of the WAFL Presidents and CEO’s to deliver a good outcome for football in Western Australia, both for today and the future.
3 March 2017