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Subiaco Oval has been a central feature of the identity of Subiaco and the wider Western Australian community for over a century. In fact, next year commemorates 110 years of history at the site!

The experiences and memories made there have been lifelong and across generations. There is no question that Subiaco Oval and its range of functions is highly regarded by the residents of Subiaco and the wider WA community.

This is where we'd love to hear from you. Your stories, memories and favourite moments at Subiaco Oval are a snapshot in time that should be celebrated for generations to come.

Simply complete the online form and tell us your memory. They say a picture tells a thousand words, so you can even upload a video or photo of your memory.

Memories, photos and videos provided may be used in future exhibitions, publications or interpretation to celebrate the vast history of the Oval.

History of Subiaco Oval

The oval is located on Reserve 9337 which was developed as a park and sporting area in 1908. Subiaco developed rapidly in the early 20th century and, as an important aspect of the Municipality's civic responsibility, the reserve was further developed as a large prominent public space for passive and active recreation with well used park and sporting facilities.

The rich and diverse history and heritage of Subiaco Oval is intrinsically tied with the story of Australian Rules Football (AFL) in Western Australia, which has been played there since 1898 with the venue regarded as the 'Home of Football' in WA since the 1930s. To allow greater capacity of seating, a three-tier stand was constructed at the western end of the stadium in 1969, with a two-tier stand on the members' wing following in 1981 and further construction at the site following this.

The history and heritage of the ground is closely tied to the overall story of football in WA and equally it is intricately tied with the history and identify of the City of Subiaco. This sporting and entertainment complex contains connections to some of the most enduring historical threads, many that have shaped contemporary Subiaco.

In addition to AFL, the Oval has hosted major sporting events including Perth Glory games, international rules matches, rugby union games and was the home ground for the Western Force between 2006 and 2009. Being also the largest outdoor event venue in Perth, it has hosted a suite of high profile music concerts including; Elton John (1971), Led Zeppelin (1972), Billy Joel (1991), Paul McCartney (1993), Pearl Jam (2006), Robbie Williams (2006), Bon Jovi (2008 and 2010), U2 (2010), One direction (2015), Fleetwood Mac (2015), AC/DC (2015) and Adele (2017).

Did you know...

  • The stadium was first constructed in 1908
  • First AFL match hosted at the ground was on 9 May 1908 when Subiaco played East Perth.
  • The oval is owned by the City of Subiaco, but leased and operated by The West Australian Football Commission (WAFC)
  • The dimensions of the AFL oval from end to end are 175.6m x 120.4m and is the longest ground in the AFL competition
  • Seating capacity is 43,405
  • The first AFL game held under lights was on 29 March 1997
  • The highest recorded attendance to any one event at the oval was for the Adele concert (2016) with 65,000 people attending

Subiaco Oval has been a central feature of the identity of Subiaco and the wider Western Australian community for over a century. In fact, next year commemorates 110 years of history at the site!

The experiences and memories made there have been lifelong and across generations. There is no question that Subiaco Oval and its range of functions is highly regarded by the residents of Subiaco and the wider WA community.

This is where we'd love to hear from you. Your stories, memories and favourite moments at Subiaco Oval are a snapshot in time that should be celebrated for generations to come.

Simply complete the online form and tell us your memory. They say a picture tells a thousand words, so you can even upload a video or photo of your memory.

Memories, photos and videos provided may be used in future exhibitions, publications or interpretation to celebrate the vast history of the Oval.

History of Subiaco Oval

The oval is located on Reserve 9337 which was developed as a park and sporting area in 1908. Subiaco developed rapidly in the early 20th century and, as an important aspect of the Municipality's civic responsibility, the reserve was further developed as a large prominent public space for passive and active recreation with well used park and sporting facilities.

The rich and diverse history and heritage of Subiaco Oval is intrinsically tied with the story of Australian Rules Football (AFL) in Western Australia, which has been played there since 1898 with the venue regarded as the 'Home of Football' in WA since the 1930s. To allow greater capacity of seating, a three-tier stand was constructed at the western end of the stadium in 1969, with a two-tier stand on the members' wing following in 1981 and further construction at the site following this.

The history and heritage of the ground is closely tied to the overall story of football in WA and equally it is intricately tied with the history and identify of the City of Subiaco. This sporting and entertainment complex contains connections to some of the most enduring historical threads, many that have shaped contemporary Subiaco.

In addition to AFL, the Oval has hosted major sporting events including Perth Glory games, international rules matches, rugby union games and was the home ground for the Western Force between 2006 and 2009. Being also the largest outdoor event venue in Perth, it has hosted a suite of high profile music concerts including; Elton John (1971), Led Zeppelin (1972), Billy Joel (1991), Paul McCartney (1993), Pearl Jam (2006), Robbie Williams (2006), Bon Jovi (2008 and 2010), U2 (2010), One direction (2015), Fleetwood Mac (2015), AC/DC (2015) and Adele (2017).

Did you know...

  • The stadium was first constructed in 1908
  • First AFL match hosted at the ground was on 9 May 1908 when Subiaco played East Perth.
  • The oval is owned by the City of Subiaco, but leased and operated by The West Australian Football Commission (WAFC)
  • The dimensions of the AFL oval from end to end are 175.6m x 120.4m and is the longest ground in the AFL competition
  • Seating capacity is 43,405
  • The first AFL game held under lights was on 29 March 1997
  • The highest recorded attendance to any one event at the oval was for the Adele concert (2016) with 65,000 people attending