Perth’s new 60,000-seat stadium will be built on the back nine holes of the Burswood Park Golf Course, immediately south of the Graham Farmer Freeway.

Premier Colin Barnett today officially unveiled the Government’s choice for the $700 million stadium’s location. It will occupy a spot bounded by the freeway and the Armadale train line to the north and east and the existing lake on the golf course’s western edge.

The Government, which previously indicated the stadium would be built somewhere on the Burswood peninsula, believes the site is the best spot because it will provide enough room for $300 million of new public transport infrastructure to be constructed on the rail line while providing convenient pedestrian access across the river from a new footbridge.

The footbridge is likely to link the stadium precinct to the Claisebrook inlet.

The location ensures the promised state-of-the-art facility, which is to open in time for the 2018 AFL season, will be prominent from the Graham Farmer Freeway, fulfilling the Government’s aspiration that the stadium will provide an entry statement to the city.

Mr Barnett said the Government was working on a cost of $700 million for the stadium, with another $300 million for rail and other transport costs.

But he conceded the stadium had yet to be designed and a final cost could not be put on it.

“We are going to build one of the world’s great stadiums,” he said.

“It’s certainly going to be an entry statement to Perth and I would hope it’s a spectacular piece of architecture in its own right.”

Construction is due to start in early 2014 and the stadium, designed for many sporting codes and concerts, is set to open for the start of the 2018 AFL season.

However, it spells the end of Burswood Park as an 18-hole golf course.

Concerns about the site’s geological suitability for a stadium appear to have been satisfied by a month-long geotechnical drilling program, which has been taking place on the golf course in a bid to confirm assumptions about site conditions contained in earlier studies.

The location is broadly in line with the Burswood option identified by the former Labor government’s Langoulant major stadium task force report, which was released in 2007.

Mr Barnett said the site had been a rubbish tip and dumping site for power-station waste,but drilling and surveys had shown that should not be a barrier to building a stadium.

“It’s a contaminated site but it will have clean fill over it and it will be sealed,” he said.

“Extra piling would be carried out because the site was on a Swan River mud foundation and at least 3.5 metres of extra fill would keep the stadium above any flooding of the river.”

Mr Barnett also announced Kansas City-based architectural firm Populous, which is responsible for some of world sport’s most iconic venues, has been awarded a tender to provide architectural consultancy services to the stadium project.

Populous, which also has offices in Brisbane, London and New York, has designed dozens of venues across the world over the past 20 years, including New Yankee Stadium in New York, New Wembley Stadium in London and the London 2012 Olympic Games facilities.

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