Abandoned Stadium – 8000 Seat, Abandoned, Indoor Stadium Exploration. Hell. Yeah.

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Abandoned stadium? Well, the locals down under called it an “Entertainment Centre”. I call it an abandoned building the likes of which I have never seen. With a capacity of over 8,000 people, and an entry in the Guiness Book of World Records, this is urban exploration not to be missed. For over a decade, the Perth Entertainment Centre has remained empty, awaiting its fate with the wrecking ball.

On this stage, once stood Bob Marley, Bono, Whitney Houston, Bon Jovi, The Beach Boys, AC/DC, Queen, and Sting. Not to mention, the Harlem Globetrotters, or Tony Alva. We are the world? We are the people? Today, Dr Hank Snaffler Jr and one of his esteemed colleagues, R.F. Digga III (“ratty” – for his ability to get into any abandoned building), took the opportunity for a little urbex. We’re making the world a better place, for you and me.

In 1974, the indoor stadium opened its doors, in Perth, the capital city of Western Australia. Known for its isolation, Perth can indeed lay claim to being “the most isolated city on earth”. With a population rapidly approaching 2 million people, it is remarkable to think that the closest city is about a 48 HOUR drive away, across the dusty Australian dessert. For almost three decades, the stadium was host to one of the most remarkable line-up’s of international musicians and performers. Genuinely, the biggest and the best, they have all appeared here.

Perth Entertainment Centre is even listed in the Guiness Book of World Records, as the largest purpose built regular theatre (containing a proscenium arch), in the world. Now it remains another abandoned building, having been very well locked and secured for such a long time, it is almost like the clock simply stopped inside.

Our abandoned journey took us through all parts of the abandoned stadium. From backstage, to the lofty heights of the lighting rigs above, to the maze of platforms installed for the scurrying of technicians around all parts of the complex. From the top of the roof, to the VIP areas below where stars once prepared for their entrance on stage above. Given R.F. Digga’s mild aversion to heights, and my own scepticism about walking over a rusty suspended stair case in complete darkness, this was a challenging day for the both of us. In the end, I think the photo’s did the building proud. A moment captured in time, presented here for the fine readers of abandonedjourney.com

Getting there:

So, you’ve made it to Perth, Western Australia. Most isolated city on earth. Make your way to the “Wellington Street Bus Station” in the centre of the city. Look West. You can’t miss it

About R.F. Digga III : Mr Digga has been one of my urban exploration colleagues for some time. His ability to find a way in to any abandoned building, is most rat-like. Hence, “ratty”. Or, “ratty fresh” to his younger acquaintances. A retired SAS member, I cannot reveal his true name, nor rank. Most governments will deny that he actually exists.

Enjoy the photos.

Signed,

Dr. Hank Snaffler Jr.

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abandoned building - perth stadium

abandoned building - perth stadium

abandoned building - perth stadium

abandoned building - perth stadium

abandoned building - perth stadium

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

abandoned building - perth entertainment center

 

 

PS, one last thing. I “borrowed” a camera for these shots. I’m not a professional photographer. This wasn’t an expensive camera. But I know how to use ANY camera, thanks to my secret photography weapon. If you want to take photos like this, then check out my number one personal recommendation for better photography:  “Getting Out of Auto” You’ll be taking photos that your friends and family just won’t believe are possible – within hours. 

 

Dr Hank Snaffler Jr.

31 Comments

  • Abandonded without reason, bought by Channel 7 who then closed it up preventing it’s use for ~10+ years now for what? Land value. Sometime’s privatisation of facilities doesn’t work out (this is one of those cases)

    • It was always private. Built by Michael Edgley, I vaguely recall.

      Used to see bands in the bars round the side as well in the late ’80s and early ’90s – Healers, Kim Salmon and so forth.

  • Hello Guest, I don’t know the politics behind this one, but it does seem to be very much a waste of an enormous stadium. It really was in great condition, internally!

  • Wow. As a kid I saw the Moscow Circus, Arrested Development, U2, Cypress Hill and Ice Cube at this venue. It also included an art house cinema called Lumiere in the early 90′s. Been in europe for a decade, fond memories.

    • Glad you had a trip down memory lane, Francis. Yes, it seems there were a LOT of special moments there.

  • please learn the difference between its & it’s

    • One has an apostrophe? What do I win ;)

  • Thanks Doobiedoo, that was almost a sentence.

  • Hi, interesting website you have here.

    For the sake of protecting the locations you’re posting, though, perhaps you shouldn’t identify exactly where to find them on a “location map.” There’s a reason all of the good stuff in the database on UER is hidden to the public.

    • Appreciate the compliments, Randomemail. I understand what you are saying. We will see how the location map proceeds, and if it remains as “accurate” as it is right now. The Jury is still out on this one…

  • Just stumbled upon your site. I’m so giddy to know there’s someone out there dedicated to this topic! It’s like my dreams come true. Seriously, I dream about wandering throughout structures all the time – seems to be a lifelong dream theme, along with hiding from tornadoes. And usually, if asked what I’d do if I were the last person on earth, I promptly say I’d explore buildings at will. Looking forward to future posts and emails.

    • Thanks karrinina… I believe we may be kindred spirits!

  • Wow, I used to work behind the bar in picture 4 in the early 90′s and saw INXS and Depeche Mode there after I finished work. Sad to see it in the state it’s in now but some great pictures! Thanks

    • Great story Nathan!…yes, sad to see it decaying, seems like there was a lot of life left in this abandoned building..

    • Great story Nathan!…yes, sad to see it decaying, seems like there was a lot of life left in this abandoned building..

    • Great story Nathan!…yes, sad to see it decaying, seems like there was a lot of life left in this abandoned building..

  • Wow, I used to work behind the bar in picture 4 in the early 90′s and saw INXS and Depeche Mode there after I finished work. Sad to see it in the state it’s in now but some great pictures! Thanks

  • Wow, I used to work behind the bar in picture 4 in the early 90′s and saw INXS and Depeche Mode there after I finished work. Sad to see it in the state it’s in now but some great pictures! Thanks

  • The Centre also had a nightclub at some point if I remember correctly, I think it was called Rockwell’s. A former girlfriend used to go there and mentioned that they had to evacuate the building one night due to a potential gas leak!

  • The Centre also had a nightclub at some point if I remember correctly, I think it was called Rockwell’s. A former girlfriend used to go there and mentioned that they had to evacuate the building one night due to a potential gas leak!

  • The Perth Entertainment Centre (so called) is currently being demolished to make way for new developments.

  • I saw the Harlem Globetrotters here in the 70′s I do believe

  • i don’t think i ever went there as i  live in the north-east of England.  I did try to catch a bus there once but there was none from Elswick bus station,  and i got thrown of the x10 to Highspen for being a little tipsy i had to walk back just as well i did not have to walk to Perth as me trousers would get wet crossing the sea’s

  • I saw REM there on the monster tour (which was a little disappointing) and the Pet Shop Boys too… sounds like an odd combination now. I can still remember doing supply runs for people sleeping out for tickets.

    There was also a cool little cinema on the west side of the main entrance that used to replay old films, just before a short walk up to the Firm…

    Good times

  • How could they let something like this with personality go to waste. I would had bought that building and turned it around. It’s a shame what happens to good buildings

  • And now it’s gone…

  • maybe the coolest thing i have ever seen.  well done!

  • Great stuff. Cant wait to read more, I am currently living in Paris so do yourselves a favour and read about a gup here called UX. just amazing

  • AC-DC Back in Black Friday 13 Feb 1980. Demiloshed in 2012

  • These buildings are no real loss.
    They were designed strictly for profit and when the profit ran out, so did their use.
    The advent of so many other venues to watch performances (Youtube, TV, iphones, etc….) have rendered these places obsolete. (We would find it ridiculous to restore the Coliseum of Rome!)

    These places give us an identity. Some of us can recall great or not so great stories about how we used them. It is the stuff that gives us experiences to grow by, share and learn and then….MOVE ON.

    I was one of the first students to attend the Chorley School in Middletown NY. It was a prototype facility (only two were constructed). It would be considered the most unusual school ever built. When the city decided to tear it down and replace it with a “modern” equipped building, I was asked to “come home” and argue its significant historical value.(It was WAY out there atomic!)

    I have fond memories of this school‘s grand opening and how it affected my life the city and the world in that era. (It afforded me the curiosity of architecture that in itself made me a candidate to lecture about the very school!),

    The school was still operating when I returned to visit, recall memories and examine the fuss created about its demise. Even with all the best maintenance the school deteriorated extremely well. The application of unique methods of construction proved to have a limited life; a result of experimental architecture.

    My emotions ran high. This building was a major part of my life and I could play an important part in its destiny.

    I decided not to fight for the preservation of Chorley School. Here’s why;
    The “event” of Chorley School incorporated a promising future (“the space age”) and lifted a community‘s self importance in a rapidly declining era. Although fleeting, It succeeded to prolonged the last of the glory days of Middletown NY.

    What worked then; for me, us and all the Middletown community, 45 years ago, could no longer work in today’s world.

    The structure was salvageable, but at what price?
    Our use and purpose of Chorley School was fulfilled a long time ago.
    I couldn’t fight to save something that greatly enriched my life without depriving opportunities of enrichment, promise and wonderment to today’s children. They should be as fulfilled as I was.
    Although I felt the building was surreal (I have difficulties trying to get people to envision its bizarre uniqueness); it no longer served its purpose. It WOULD cost too much money to “restore” it and WAS cheaper (AND MORE EXCITING and PROMISING) to build anew.

    Children should have their own unique moments in time, not relive ours.

    Sometimes change is best.
    This change was not destructive. There was no loss. We all moved forward.

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