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Special: Focus on Asia Pacific sports venue developments – Part IV

In the fourth part of this weekly series highlighting the latest sports venue developments from across the Asia Pacific region, we highlight the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ venue developments.

From 4 to 15 April 2018, Queensland’s Gold Coast will host the 21st Commonwealth Games. It will be the fifth time Australia has staged the Games, and the very first time it will be held in a regional Australian city.

The latest venue development news can be found on the tournament’s website, www.gc2018.com with details on upcoming tenders also availble online.

Images & data all courtesy: Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™

Commonwealth Games Venues

 

Broadbeach Bowls Club

The Lawn Bowls competition will be held at the Broadbeach Bowls Club, which is set to be upgraded to meet the competition requirements of the Commonwealth Games Federation and World Bowls Ltd.

Location: Broadbeach
Sport:  Lawn Bowls
Spectator Capacity: 2,500

Carrara Indoor Stadium

The Carrara Indoor Stadium will be upgraded to host the Weightlifting competition.

Location: Carrara
Sport: Weightlifting
Spectator Capacity: 2,500

Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre

A new Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre will be constructed to host the Wrestling and Badminton competitions.

Location: Carrara
Sports: Badminton and Wrestling
Spectator Capacity: 2,500 Badminton and 2,500 Wrestling

Carrara Stadium

Carrara Stadium will be enhanced with temporary seating to provide for 40,000 spectators in Games mode. The venue will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Games and the Athletics competition.

Location: Carrara
Sports: Opening and Closing Ceremonies and Athletics
Spectator Capacity: 40,000

 

Coomera Indoor Sports Centre

The Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, a new AUD$40m indoor multi-sport sport and leisure facility that is being built at Coomera, and will host Gymnastics and the Netball finals, it will be a permanent legacy for the community.

Location: Coomera
Sports: Gymnastics and Netball (finals)
Spectator Capacity:
7,500

 

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre has undergone a major redevelopment to provide for both the Swimming and Diving programs. The redevelopment includes the construction of a new 50m, 10-lane swimming pool for competition, while the existing 50m pool will become the warm-up pool in Games mode.

Location: Southport Broadwater Parklands
Sports:  Aquatics (Swimming and Diving)
Spectator Capacity: 2,500 Diving and 10,000 Swimming

 

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre will host the preliminary Netball competition, Basketball finals and be home to the Main Media Centre.

Location: Broadbeach
Sports: Netball (Preliminaries), Basketball (Finals) and Main Media Centre
Spectator Capacity: 5,000

Gold Coast Hockey Centre

The existing home of the Gold Coast Hockey Centre at Keith Hunt Park, Labrador will be upgraded to host the Hockey competition for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™.

Location: Labrador
Sport: Hockey
Spectator Capacity: 5,000

Merv Craig Sporting Complex

The Elanora/Currumbin Valley area will provide a picturesque location for the Road Racing elements of the Cycling program. Commencing and finishing at the Merv Craig Sporting Complex, the road race looped circuit provides for a range of areas where spectators will be able to view the event.

Location: Elanora / Currumbin
Sport: Cycling (Road Race, Time Trial)
Spectator Capacity: 2,000

Nerang

Nerang Mountain Bike Trails will be the location for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ Mountain Bike competition.

Location: Nerang
Sport: Cycling (Mountain Bike)
Spectator Capacity: 2,000

Oxenford

The existing sound stages of the Village Roadshow complex at Oxenford will play host to the sports of Boxing and Table Tennis. This venue is being enhanced to provide for the International Sporting Federations technical venue requirements.

Location: Oxenford
Sports: Boxing and Table Tennis
Spectator Capacity: 2,700 – 3,000 Boxing and 3,200 Table Tennis

Robina Stadium

Considered one of the best regional stadiums in Australia, the Robina Stadium will host the Rugby Sevens competition.

Location: Robina
Sport: Rugby Sevens
Spectator Capacity: 27,400

 

Runaway Bay Sports Centre

The Runaway Bay Sports Centre will host the Squash competitions.

Location: Runaway Bay
Sport: Squash
Spectator Capacity: 3,000

 

Southport Broadwater Parklands

The Parklands will be the site for the start and finish of the Marathon event, Race Walks and Triathlon.

Location: Southport
Sports: Marathon, Race Walks and Triathlon
Spectator Capacity: 2,500

Brisbane-based Venues

Two sports are to be conducted at Brisbane based venues.

Belmont Shooting Centre

Clay Target, Pistol, Small and Full Bore Shooting disciplines for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ will be held at the Belmont Shooting Centre.

Location: Belmont
Sport: Shooting
Spectator Capacity: 3,000

 

Queensland State Velodrome

Track Cycling will be held at the Sleeman Sports Complex, Chandler, where a new indoor cycling velodrome (Queensland State Velodrome) will be built.

Location: Chandler
Sport: Cycling (Track)
Spectator Capacity: 4,000

Regional Areas

 

Cairns Convention Centre

Preliminary rounds of the men’s and women’s Basketball competition will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre and the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre respectively.

Location: Cairns
Sport: Basketball (preliminary rounds)
Spectator Capacity: 5,000

Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre

Preliminary rounds of the men’s and women’s Basketball competition will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre and the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre respectively.

Location: Townsville
Sport: Basketball (preliminary rounds)
Spectator Capacity: 5,000