In the 5th edition of the awards, Austadiums have announced the 2023 Award Winners, with Western Australian venues winning four of the five categories.

Accounting for 47% of the public fan vote, RAC Arena has been crowned the Best Indoor Arena in Australia, alongside fellow west coast winners, HBF Park and Optus Stadium.

Following the announcement of the 2023 Award Winners, VenuesWest CEO David Etherton said, “We are delighted that VenuesWest has won four of a possible five honours at the 2023 Stadium Awards, with recognition across three of our venues in Optus Stadium, RAC Arena and HBF Park.

“This achievement underlines an exceptional year for events in Western Australia and showcases the collaboration between VenuesWest, our operators VenuesLive and ASM Global, Tourism WA, and our stakeholders.

“In the past 12 months, these venues successfully hosted world-class events including Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the subsequent sold-out Matildas Olympic Qualifying games, UFC 284 and the United Cup.

“Particularly noteworthy is Optus Stadium’s consistent excellence, securing the Best Stadium award for the fourth consecutive time. Its dual recognition as Australia’s Best Cricket Ground further cements its position as a leading venue globally.

“The Best Rectangular Stadium award for HBF Park and the Best Indoor Arena award for RAC Arena reinforce our commitment to providing top-tier venues that exceed expectations in hosting international and local events.”

Reflecting on the win, RAC Arena’s General Manager Michael Scott explained, “It’s an amazing feeling knowing that it was the fans that voted RAC Arena the Best Indoor Arena in Australia. It’s not only a testament to the venue’s hard-working staff, but to the wider team at ASM Global and our wonderfully supportive venue owners, VenuesWest. We couldn’t be prouder of this result and look forward to making 2024 bigger and better for the people of WA and beyond.

“Additional congratulations are in order for our sister ASM Global venues, Suncorp Stadium (QLD) and Qudos Bank Arena (NSW), who were also named amongst Australia’s best venues, with fans voting them in the top 3 for their respective categories.”


About RAC Arena:

RAC Arena is the home of live entertainment in Western Australia. Located in the heart of the Perth CBD, we play host to the world’s best live music, sport, family, and comedy.

Since opening our doors in 2012, the Arena has attracted the world’s greatest entertainers including The Rolling Stones, The Wiggles, Dua Lipa, and Kevin Hart. Home of the Perth Wildcats, West Coast Fever and Perth’s annual tennis tournament, United Cup, we’re never far from the on-court action.

About ASM Global:

RAC Arena is proudly managed by ASM Global, on behalf of VenuesWest.

ASM Global is the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences. It is the global leader in venue and event strategy and management—delivering locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to achieve maximum results for venue owners. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 350 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention, and exhibition centres, and performing arts venues.

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About VenuesWest:

VenuesWest owns and manages 14 sport and entertainment venues across the Perth metropolitan area on behalf of the State Government, including RAC Arena and Optus Stadium.

The organisation has a proud history of successfully delivering world class sport and entertainment experiences, and hosting major events at their precincts and venues for Western Australians and visitors to Perth.

VenuesWest directly supports high performance sport by providing training and competition facilities, direct subsidies to sports on venue and event costs, and through the provision of accessible high-performance sport experiences for the community.