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Plan ahead for bus and train travel to Optus Stadium: PTA

Fans are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the best route to the stadium. - Fremantle Dockers,Optus Stadium,AFLW
Fans are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the best route to the stadium.

The Public Transport Authority is advising fans to plan ahead and be patient when travelling to Optus Stadium for Fremantle’s round two NAB AFL Womens clash against Collingwood on Saturday in front of a potentially record-breaking crowd.

Around 54,000 tickets have been secured for the non-reserved ticketed event, which stadium management did not sell to capacity to ensure the smooth movement of people around the venue.

The club is on track set to smash the AFLW attendance record of 24,500 set last year for the round one clash between Carlton and Collingwood at IKON Park.

Fremantle’s AFLW team could also break a near century-old record for a women’s football game, set at 41,000 for an exhibition game at Adelaide Oval in 1929.

Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes said fans should familiarise themselves with the special event arrangements that are in place including shuttles from Perth and direct train lines.

“Normal special event arrangements will be in place which, means that there are direct trains on the Joondalup line and the Fremantle line which will come directly into Stadium station,” Hynes said.

“Also the Armadale and Thornlie line will be stopping at the station.”

Shuttle train services are also available from Perth Station for people coming into the city on the Midland line and the Mandurah line.

A CBD bus shuttle route (661) is also available operating from the Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and will start running three hours prior to the event.

Along with the shuttle, Hynes said fans can also use suburban bus routes, including Karrinyup, Morley, Ellenbrook, Canning Vale, Curtin, Fremantle and Hamilton Hill.

“Buses should not be overlooked,” Hynes said.

"They will scoop up people from surrounding suburbs before the event and back the other way at the end of the game.”

Public transport to and from the stadium is included with the purchase of your game ticket and is valid for use starting three hours prior and ending three hours after the event.

“Another thing to remember is that on the weekend parking to all parking all transperth stations is free so they can park their car at any train station and catch the train in,” Hynes said.

Match day information v Collingwood at Optus Stadium

Schedule

Activations at Southern Oval: 1.30pm

Optus Stadium gates open: 2.30pm

Men’s training: 3pm

Welcome to Country: 3.35pm

AFLW warm up: 3.40pm

AFL players signing around ground: 3.40pm

Game commences: 4.10pm

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