The Update – January 2023

2023 has started in exciting fashion for the team at RAC Arena. Take a look below at what we got up to in January!

Tennis Comes to Town
The inaugural United Cup wrapped up on January 4th, with Team Greece, led by Stefanos Tsitsipas, winning the Perth leg of the tournament after beating Croatia in the City Finals. Tsitsipas later went on to play the Men’s Singles Final at the Australian Open, however, unfortunately, fell short of his maiden Grand Slam win at the hands of Novak Djokovic.

The Red Army rumbles and Darren Hayes debuts
The Red Army flocked to RAC Arena to see their beloved Perth Wildcats play on four separate occasions last month, with the home team producing a win in each appearance. Particularly exciting moments included the first open-air NBL game in Western Australia, when the Wildcats versed the 36ers on Jan 14th. The National League also introduced the inaugural Pride Round, which the Cats played in on Jan 27th.

After a jam-packed month filled with top sporting performances, it was time for WA to be musically entertained by Darren Hayes, who was celebrating 25 years of Savage Garden, solo hits and more. The Aussie 90’s icon performed for the first time at the venue to 2,400 of his adoring fans on January 31st.

February will bring more opportunities for those wishing to experience the magic of live entertainment, including when the UFC returns to a sold-out crowd on Feb 12th.

RAC Arena helps ASM Global Give
ASM Global’s first worldwide “Global Month of Giving” initiative wrapped up in December with the final tally raised revealed this month to be $750,000 USD. RAC Arena is proud to have contributed in a variety of ways, including through our Golden Ticket Raffle supporting The Salvation Army, staff participation in Movember, AusMusic T-Shirt Day, and Ronald McDonald House Charities’ Up All Night Walk.

The venue also launched its Limelight Music Support Fund, which together with West Australian Music (WAM), crowned Alter Boy as the winner. The aim of this annual initiative is to give back to the state’s vibrant music industry by providing one lucky local up and coming act with a 12-month support package valued at $10,000.

Wariny Djerap Djerap Koondarn
RAC Arena commissioned Marcia McGuire from Maali Aboriginal Designs to design and create a large-scale painting as a lasting mark of our 10th anniversary celebrations. At four events in November last year, patrons were able to contribute to the art piece in a live painting activation. The final works have since been unveiled and installed inside the venue for visitors to enjoy for years to come.

The title of the work is “Wariny Djerap Djerap Koondarn” which translates to “Making Happy Dreams” and is on display opposite Door 2 in the main foyer. For more of an insight, click here.

A New Partnership Is Formed
This month, ASM Global announced they have signed a landmark five-year deal with Asahi Lifestyle Beverages to exclusively supply non-alcoholic drinks to some of the biggest entertainment venues in Australia. RAC Arena attendees will now be able to enjoy a selection of the companies most popular drink brands including Pepsi Max, Schweppes, and Cool Ridge Water. For more information, click here.