All Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games competition venues are ready for Games action with the completion of the A$16.5 million Gold Coast Hockey Centre.
The refurbishment and expansion of the existing Gold Coast Hockey Centre building included two new synthetic international standard pitches, new meeting rooms, kitchen and bar facilities, a function room, change rooms and amenities.
New permanent spectator seating for 500 was also built, with provision to accommodate about 5,000 during GC2018.
The Gold Coast Hockey Centre redevelopment was funded by the Queensland Government, Australian Government and City of Gold Coast.
Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said:
I’m delighted to be able to deliver the final world-class sporting venue for the Gold Coast well ahead of the Games. The two new synthetic pitches were built to international competition standards, providing outstanding facilities for the local hockey community.
The redevelopment, which also included the upgrade and expansion of the clubhouse amenities, will benefit the sport locally and aid in the attraction of major competitions and international training camps long after the Commonwealth Games.
Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo said the Gold Coast Hockey Centre redevelopment would cater for elite and community sporting groups as well as provide a range of facilities to support the public to be physically active. He said:
The development will not only provide new and upgraded infrastructure to support the growth of hockey on the Gold Coast, it will also help attract major competitions and international training camps long after the Games, driving tourism, jobs and economic growth for our city.
This is one of a number of projects the Australian Government has co-funded as part of its $156 million investment in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to provide a legacy into the future and with under 12 months to go until the Games the modern sports infrastructure in place will contribute to a truly memorable event.