With the Tokyo Olympics just around the corner, sports are on our minds big-time - and where better to get your live sports fix than surrounded by other passionate sports fans in an awesome venue?
And of course, there's plenty of action happening right here at home: rugby, horse racing, basketball, netball - you name it! Here's our rundown of the live sports action to look forward to in the coming months. Whether you're watching Australia take home gold at one of our fab sports bars, or in the crowd cheering for your fave team, sports fans are sorted!
Watching the Tokyo Olympics
With everything that’s been separating us from the wide world for more than a year, there's a sense of true camaraderie and global community in this year's Olympics. We're lucky to be watching the Games from one of the safest places in the world (that said, let's practice #socialdistancing and keep it that way!) as Tokyo brings athletes from across the globe to come together (including 472 Australian athletes across 33 sports), carefully coordinating to make the Olympics still happen in this trying time. We can't think of anything better to say "kampai" (cheers) about!
The beautiful Brookfield Place, smackdab in the middle of Perth City, has been selected as Perth's official live site for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, broadcasting all the Olympic events live on a giant screen as they unfold in Tokyo. With only an hour time difference between Japan and Australia, They'll be catching the action primetime throughout the Games, taking place between 23 July and 8 August. And while you're exploring one of Perth's most iconic heritage precincts, don't miss the Indigenous Olympians Outdoor Exhibition for NAIDOC Week (11 to 24 July); the Winter Lights Festival (12 - 21 August); and a ton of great dine and drink venues to enjoy.
You've gotta love the atmosphere of watching live sports at a sports bar, and us Perth folk are spoiled for choice!
Perched on the banks of the beautiful Swan River just east of Fremantle, The Left Bank is one of the most popular riverside pubs in Perth and the perfect setting for a casual meal or drink. As well as providing a relaxed atmosphere and a variety of top notch pup food their sports bar Billy's has 5 TV’s (including a new 75″inch TV!) and is the place to be during the AFL season.
Catch all the action from EPL and AFL to UFC and NBA live 24/7 on the big screens at the Crown Sports Bar. The current game board includes the 2021 State of Origin series; the Euro 2020 live broadcast; the 2021 Footy Season; the Wimbledon Mens Final and the Stanley Cup. And with $8 pints at Casino bars, delish meals under $20 at Junction Grill or 88 Noodle Bar, and plates with mates at The Merrywell, you'll leave with a full belly and a smile on your face!
Just a minute's walk from Optus Stadium, you'll find The Camfield, Australia's largest pub with 5 bars, 175 beer taps, an on-site microbrewery, a seriously mouth-watering locally sourced menu of elevated pub food, and a huge beer garden with a container bar and big screen. It's absolutely perfect for keeping the live sports action rolling after watching a game at Optus Stadium, and of course post-game celebrations with the mates!
Optus Stadium has some seriously exciting live sports events coming up for fans of all spots from AFL to horse-racing!
Both Eagles and Dockers fans will have a chance to support their teams with AFL Round 19 West Coast Eagles vs St Kilda on Saturday 24 July and Round 20 Fremantle vs Richmond on Sunday 1 August. The Bledisloe Cup 2021 will pit the Wallabies against their Kiwi rivals the All Blacks on 21 August, and the WAFL Grand Final will see two of WAFL's best going head-to-head in one of the biggest events on WA's football calendar this September.
The 2021/22 KFC Big Bash League returns in December, with the Perth Scorchers going up against teams from across the country. In January 2022, The Men's Ashes 2022 - Australia v England will be taking place for the first time at the Stadium. Don't miss this piece of cricket history, courtesy of the world's most beautiful stadium. Grab the best seat in the house with an Optus Stadium Tour!
Horse-racing fans are in for a treat with Perth Racing taking place at Belmont Racecourse until the end of September, after which they move to Ascot Racecourse from October until next May.
While the world is counting down to the Olympics, Perth is counting down to its own major sporting festival - the Australian Masters Games! With over 8,000 participants set to take part, the event is expected to not only boost local sports, but also WA tourism with players from across the country - set to be the largest mass participation multisport event ever to be held in Perth. From 1982 Wildcats Captain Mike Ellis, to three time Commonwealth Games Badminton player Kay Terry MBE, the event will bring sporting legends across the country back to a national stage.
If you're into mountain biking, don't miss the WA's largest one day mountain bike race - the Act Belong Commit Dwellingup 100. The event offers 4 different distance options for riders and 3 for runners, including a 6km doggie dash for our best friends to join in on the fun. Also held at the same time is the popular Mighty Jarrah Trail Run.
The WACA (Western Australia Cricket Association) Ground will be bringing us the CommBank Women's Test Series Australia v India from 30 September – 3 October 2021. Over at HBF Park, WA rugby fans are in for a treat when Western Force plays Bay of Plenty; and HBF Stadium will be delivering the Australian Masters Games - Swimming, Fin Swimming and Artistic Swimming this October.
With the Tokyo Olympics just around the corner, and plenty of live action spanning so many sports, there's so many spots to come together and cheer your fave teams and athletes, and celebrate the hard-earned accomplishments of sportspeople from Australia and around the globe.