Brisbane has been confirmed by the International Olympic Committee as host of the Games of the XXXV Olympiad in 2032.
Brisbane received 72 yes and 5 no votes from 77 valid votes from members of the committee.
The IOC announced in February that Brisbane was the preferred bidder for the 2032 Games.
And the Gabba Stadium will now undergo an A$1 billion makeover ahead of the games.
Formally known as the Brisbane Cricket Ground, the Gabba has been earmarked for upgrade because:
- It is already well-used for AFL, cricket and other events.
- Is existing infrastructure already connected to the SEQ busway network.
- Is centrally located and
- Will have its own Cross River Rail station already under construction connected to the stadium.
A potential upgrade would increase capacity to around 50,000.
It would also include a new pedestrian plaza linking the stadium to the Cross River Rail station which is currently under construction.
IOC President Thomas Bach said:
We encourage Olympic Games projects which are sustainable and economically responsible, which deliver the best possible Games experience for athletes and fans, and which leave solid legacies for local communities. The Brisbane 2032 vision and Games plan fit into long-term regional and national strategies for social and economic development in Queensland and Australia, and complement the goals for the Olympic Movement outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020 and 2020+5, while focusing on providing memorable sports experiences for athletes and fans.
Today’s vote is a vote of trust that Brisbane and Queensland will stage magnificent Olympic and Paralympic Games 2032. We have heard a lot of positive feedback from IOC Members and International Federations in the past few months.
Brisbane 2032 is the first future host to have been elected under, and to have fully benefited from, the new flexible approach to electing Olympic hosts. The reforms enable the IOC to work in partnership with cities, regions and countries, to encourage Olympic projects which use a high percentage of existing and temporary venues, which align with long-term development plans, and which have a strong vision for sports and local communities. Bach added:
This new approach is lighter, more collaborative, more compact, and has a positive impact. Now we always have a significant pool of Interested Parties for 2036, and even for 2040, which is almost 20 years from now. I can’t remember that we have ever been in such a favourable position 20 years before an Olympic Games.
We enter Tokyo 2020 with full confidence for the future of the Olympic Movement.
Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable Scott Morrison MP, said:
The 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Queensland will forge an enduring legacy for our entire nation. They will support economic growth and investment, deliver lasting community benefits and inspire the next generation of Australian athletes.
I am proud of Australia, proud of Queensland and proud of our team that secured this win for our country. The Commonwealth Government has supported Brisbane’s candidacy for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games right from the very start. We believe in this bid. We know it’s a huge opportunity for our nation, just like the Melbourne Games in 1956 and the Sydney Olympics in 2000.