West Perth will host a preliminary final at Mineral Resources Park if they lose their semifinal this weekend because their home ground’s facilities are being used for a music festival.
The Falcons will take on East Fremantle in the second semifinal at Pentanet Stadium in Joondalup on Saturday, with the winner booking the first spot in this year’s grand final at Leederville Oval a fortnight later.
Should the Falcons lose, they will host the preliminary final against the winner of Claremont and Peel Thunder in the first semifinal on Sunday.
The game will be at Perth’s home base because several facilities at Pentanet Stadium won’t be available because of the Listen Out music festival, which is held annually at the Western Parklands near the venue.
It comes just months after the grand final was bumped from Optus Stadium because the venue needs to get ready for an international Twenty20 cricket match between Australia and England just weeks later.
West Perth president Dr Neale Fong said the Falcons had been working for some time on a contingency plan should they host the preliminary final.
“We’ve been planning for alternative venues since we found out a couple of months ago,” Dr Fong said.
“VenuesWest has Optus Stadium, HBF Arena… it’s a fact of life scheduling of the different sporting codes gets in the way and we’ve just got to live with it.
“From our club’s point of view, we understand the balancing act.
“We’re assuming Leederville Oval won’t be ready, hopefully, it will be ready for the next week, and we believed Mineral Resources Parks is the venue that will suit our members and fans for the game.”
The WA Football Commission takes the gate money from all the finals, while West Perth and Perth are negotiating a deal in regards to profits from food and beverage.
Dr Fong said there would have to be forward-thinking in regards to the fixturing next season to ensure the grand final is once again played at Optus Stadium.
“I was in favour of having it after the AFL grand final, but cricket scheduling got in the way,” he said.
“If cricket gets in the way next year, then we should go back to the drawing board.”
The first lot of tickets for this year’s grand final are set to be released early next week once the first team qualifies, with general public to follow soon after.