In case you missed the memo (impossible really in our footy-mad state), the AFL is back in business with two rounds completed already and a huge season ahead, especially for both WA teams. While Fremantle look to present themselves as finals contenders, the West Coast Eagles are looking to put 2022 in the rear vision mirror by introducing some fresh faces and an exciting new playing style that saw them nab their first win of the season last weekend.
Perth is OK! was lucky enough to be in attendance, enjoying the day while also learning a little more about the many different ways you can experience a West Coast Eagles home game, with a variety of different hospitality options to suit different budgets.
There’s a common misconception that West Coast Eagles games at Optus Stadium are sold out – which isn’t always the case. Outside of derbies there’s generally a pretty good chance you’ll be able to nab tickets, and thanks to the design of one of the world’s best sporting stadiums, even seats up in Level 5 still offer a fantastic view of the game.
Tickets to Eagles home games at Optus Stadium can be bought via Ticketmaster, and while West Coas match access memberships are currently sold-out – there are other membership options available, including In The Wings waitlist memberships.
The first thing to know is that the fun actually begins well before bouncedown! Getting there early means you not only get ahead of the crowds, but you can get amongst the Eagles Fan Zone, a fantastic opportunity for the kids to get their face painted along with meeting the players at the signing tent to get their merch or posters signed. You’ll also be there to catch Auzzie The Eagle’s now-iconic pre-game flight, and meet Auzzie’s slightly less airborne, but no less fun, mascot mates Rick & Rosie. Fan Zones are located on both Level 1 and Level 5 of the stadium, pre-game.
From there it’s game time! And depending on your budget you could spend the day enjoying the game with an all-inclusive food and drinks package at the 96fm Sky View Lounge, or being right in the thick of it in the Field Club.
Importantly you don’t need to purchase the full season for these areas, and they can be booked for one-off games subject to availability – read on below to find out a little more about each:
96FM Sky View Lounge
If flying high is your game then the Sky View Lounge is for you, situated right underneath one of the southern hemisphere’s largest scoreboards on Level 5. The game-day package includes access to two private bars (one looking over the game, one with stunning panoramic views of Perth city); cocktail-style food service pre-match and at half time; four-hour premium drinks package; and access to reserved seating on Level 5. It’s where the city meets the stadium, and the best seats in the house when it comes to atmosphere and vantage point.
Open Air Boxes and Premiership Terrace
This one’s perfect for birthday groups or a great day out with friends, with these open-air boxes on the centre wing also including all your food and drinks delivered directly to your seats. With plush seats and retractable trays, plus access to the Premiership Terrace Private Bars, it’s the best way to get amongst the action while also being perched up with a group of your mates for the afternoon.
In our humble opinion the Field Club is the coolest of the bunch, an experience that gets you right amongst it watching the players warm up in the rooms pre-game, and then being there, beer in hand, as they run through the room onto the stadium for the start of the game. You can also stick around after the match and have front row seats to the post-match press conference, enjoy cocktail food for the whole day and a four-hour drinks package, all while watching on at ground level right next to both team dugouts (or in Level 1’s premium seating wing). There’s seriously no better way to get this close to the action and the players, and a must-do for diehard Eagles fans at a reasonable price point.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for match day and membership offerings with the West Coast Eagles in 2023 and beyond – head to their Premium Hospitality Hub for more info.
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