New partnership to further champion inclusivity and accessibility at Optus Stadium

Optus Stadium has today announced a significant three-year charity partnership with one of the State’s largest and longest-running disability support providers, Activ Foundation.

This landmark collaboration extends from 2024 to 2026 and will be a unique opportunity for the two organisations to join forces to champion inclusion and accessibility at the premier sport and entertainment destination.

Activ was appointed the Stadium’s new official charity partner after a competitive tender, joining Telethon and Happiness Co, the stadium’s purpose partners.

VenuesLive Chief Executive Officer Mike McKenna said Optus Stadium had the ability to help change people’s lives in many ways and working with other parties provided the ability to extend that impact.

“We have been supporting Telethon for a number of years and provide support to the broader community through our annual community charity lighting program, donations of unused food to OzHarvest and the provision of goods and services to many other charities and sporting bodies each year,” Mr McKenna said.

“Optus Stadium already boasts an impressive catalogue of accessible features, including nine times more than the legislated required number of permanent ACROD parking bays, accessible seats in all levels, enhanced amenity seats, UAT bathrooms and three Changing Places facilities. We’ve also added an accessible rooftop tour and adventure experience in recent years.

“This partnership will aim to further develop the stadium’s accessibility and inclusivity and combine Optus Stadium’s platform with Activ’s dedication to improving the lives of people living with disability, their families, and carers.”

Activ Foundation CEO Michael Heath said he was excited to see this partnership come to life.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Optus Stadium for the next three years,” Mr Heath said.

“As one of WA’s largest disability services providers, this is such a great opportunity to collaborate with an iconic Western Australian venue in its endeavours to create an inclusive environment for staff and visitors.

“Our mission to create greater accessibility and inclusion for people living with disability is really championed when organisations such as Optus Stadium build charity partnerships such as this.

“This also presents us with exciting opportunities to share our mission with Optus Stadium’s network, including creating new avenues of fundraising, all of which directly contribute to helping improve the lives of our customers.”

Optus Stadium also announced today the extension of its existing partnership with Happiness Co for another three years.