AFL grand final: Giant sock depicting Sherrin football to be stretched over Elizabeth Quay’s iconic arches
Elizabeth Quay will be puling up its socks — well, sock — to play its part in WA’s celebration in hosting the AFL grand final at Optus Stadium on September 25.
The West Australian can today reveal that a gigantic sock, depicting a Sherrin football and stretching more than 11 metres high and six metres wide, will be slotted over the top of one of Elizabeth Quay’s iconic arches in what will be a spectacularly visual centrepiece during the lead-up to the big match.
The stretched polyester sock, which will show identical images of the footy on either side to both the city CBD and South Perth, is expected to be erected next Friday. It is understood that the thousands of stitches have been inserted with a safety mechanism that will see it pull apart enough if winds become stronger than about 35km/h, ensuring the arch it is pulled over remains intact.
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It was initially planned to go over the entire iconic structure, but that size would have likely damaged the structure in strong winds.
The sock is believed to have been fully WA-made by local company All Flags Signs & Banners, which previously wrapped up the Crawley Edge Boatshed to mark the 2018 visit by Manchester United and the 2019 TABtouch Masters horseracing carnival.
The company has also been responsible for banners around Perth relating to the city’s first-ever AFL grand final and signage at Optus Stadium.
Tourism Minister David Templeman said the sock was one of a number of “exciting activations” planned for the grand final.
“Some hotels are already booked out, so this is a wonderful boon for Perth-based tourism businesses,” Mr Templeman said. “The AFL grand final is predicted to deliver $10 million of direct economic benefits to Perth, boosting restaurants, bars, pubs and hotels and providing great exposure for WA right around the country.”
Sport and Recreation Minister Tony Butisaid the sock was a sign WA was prepared to think big on any occasion.
“Whether it’s AFL grand finals, budget surpluses or Sherrin footballs, everything is bigger in WA,” Mr Buti said. “The big Sherrin will be a great photo opportunity and memory for the young footy fans across WA to look back on and remember when the grand final came to Perth.”
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