ENGLISH pop phenomenon Ed Sheeran is the first artist announced to play Perth Stadium.
The solo superstar kicks off the Australasian leg of his Divide world tour at the 60,000-capacity stadium on March 3 next year.
Promoter Michael Gudinski said he was confident the Burswood venue, which is more than 82 per cent built, would be ready for Sheeran’s big gig.
The stadium is on track to open early next year ahead of the AFL season in March.
Sheeran, 26, is one of the few artists popular enough to fill WA’s new colosseum — he sold out Wembley Stadium three times in London two years ago.
Mr Gudinski considered returning to nib Stadium, where Sheeran broke the attendance record with a 32,000-strong crowd in December 2015, but opted for the bigger venue.
The promoter said Sheeran, who has broken records with his latest album Divide and recent singles, loves Perth and was keen to rock the freshly built landmark.
“It’s exciting to start the tour in a new stadium,” Mr Gudinski said.
Ticket prices range from $74.64 to $166.34, plus booking fees, and go on sale from May 23. Promoter pre-sales start on Tuesday.
To combat scalping, tickets will be sent out from January 30. Ticketmaster will not on-sell tickets via its resale website, which was shut down for Adele’s Australian tour this year.