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If you want to benefit from an invaluable opportunity to meet principals from the key sports architecture, design and engineering firms, and learn about the latest sports venue developments, not only across the APAC region but around the world, then you need to be at next month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 event.

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In a Commonwealth Games first, Beach Volleyball has scored a spot in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018) sports program.

The historic agreement between the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the Queensland Government, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC), will extend the GC2018 sports program for the first time from 17 to 18 sports.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the decision, which was approved by the CGF Executive Board following a special request from the Minister for the Commonwealth Games and GOLDOC. She said:

I am proud my Government has been able to work with the Commonwealth Games Federation to expand the sports program and add Beach Volleyball to the GC2018 schedule.

The Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches are a huge Games drawcard and Beach Volleyball is the perfect sporting fit for the 2018 program.

The Games is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to showcase Queensland to the world and with Beach Volleyball now locked in to make its Commonwealth Games debut, vision of the Gold Coast’s iconic beaches will be beamed to an audience of over 1.5 billion people around the world.

Commonwealth Games Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe, said Games’ partners are in the process of assessing suitable Gold Coast locations:

The Gold Coast has some of the best beaches in the world, which is why we have campaigned strongly to the Commonwealth Games Federation to include Beach Volleyball as part of the sporting program in 2018.

Games partners will scout a location that showcases our magnificent beaches, but also is accessible and has the capacity to house the temporary infrastructure needed to meet international federation guidelines.

I am confident that preparations will proceed quickly in full consultation with the community and key partners.

CGF President Louise Martin CBE also endorsed the decision:

The CGF Executive Board is delighted to approve the inclusion of Beach Volleyball in the sports program of the XXI Commonwealth Games, which will allow nations to compete in more sports, engage and inspire spectators, broadcasters and commercial partners, and create a spectacular sporting showcase for the Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia on the world stage.

This innovative, collaborative initiative, undertaken and initiated by the Gold Coast 2018 delivery partners with support from the CGF, is a fantastic example of the collective ambitions set out in the CGF’s Transformation 2022 strategic plan and we look forward to experiencing Beach Volleyball for the first time ever at a Commonwealth Games.

GOLDOC Chairman Nigel Chamier AM said Games’ preparations were on track with arrangements well advanced on the sporting, commercial and infrastructure programs:

This announcement is a great outcome that will only add to what is already an exciting program.

The people of the Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia can expect amazing venues, incredible sport and a lifetime of memories.

The GC2018 sports program will now include the following 18 sports: Athletics, Aquatics (swimming and diving), Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling (road, mountain and track), Gymnastics, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

The final GC2018 fully integrated Para-Sports program will be announced later this month.

The events will be staged across 18 competition venues, with 14 sports on the Gold Coast, two in Brisbane (Shooting and Track Cycling), one in Cairns (Basketball Preliminaries) and one in Townsville (Basketball Preliminaries).

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be staged from 4 to 15 April 2018.

One of the world’s largest business advisory firms, KPMG, has signed on as the Official Professional Services Advisor to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC).

Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, welcomed the partnership:

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be the biggest event in Australia this decade and KPMG will play a key behind-the-scenes role by providing financial planning, risk management, taxation and internal audit expertise to GOLDOC.

KPMG is the only ‘big four’ professional services firm with a dedicated office on the Gold Coast and will bring more local knowledge and expertise to the Games as the first Tier Two sponsor.

We are committed to ensuring Queensland benefits from the Games and local KPMG staff will now have the opportunity to gain career-defining experience in the delivery and business operations of a major international sporting event.

KPMG’s Queensland Chair, Rob Jones, who will lead the firm’s Games services team, believes the Games will define the Gold Coast.

Mr Jones said:

We are passionate about the potential for the Games to have a long lasting and positive impact on the future of the Gold Coast and Queensland.

It’s a real privilege to be so closely involved with the Games, ensuring that the business of the Games is as strong as the sporting performances.

This is a once-in-a-generation chance to be a part of something that promises a real impact for both the Gold Coast community and the State.

GOLDOC CEO, Mark Peters, said it is important that the event’s fiscal wellbeing is aligned with such a world-respected brand, as he advised:

We are very much looking forward to working with the team at KPMG. The alignment of GOLDOC to one of the ‘big four’ advisory firms ensures a strong professional integrity for our Corporation and provides a unique Games experience for their professional advisory staff.

This signing is very exciting and we are buoyed by the early commercial interest and confidence in GC2018.

In the past four months we have signed two Tier One sponsors, and KPMG’s signing today as our first Tier Two sponsor is another reason to feel very confident with the calibre of support we are receiving.

It reinforces that, with less than two and a half years until GC2018, planning for the Games is well and truly on track.


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Our second Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference and exhibition took place last week at the Singapore National Stadium. The 17th for Stadia & Arena, the event was hailed a “really great conference” providing “invaluable contacts” for those involved.

“I was impressed with the operation … and enjoyed the experience immensely. Best of luck with 2016.”
Jason Hill
Sydney Cricket Ground

“A great experience … to meet a lot of people in this industry.”
Masa Hayafuji

Literally billions of dollars’ worth of global sports venue projects were represented at the event, including groups currently involved in new major sports projects around the region. Those included Sports City Malaysia (hosts of the 2017 SEA Games), the Cambodia National Stadium, Haryana Cricket Stadium, Kai Tak Stadium Hong Kong in addition to global venue operators and facility managers. Developers behind major new sports projects in Australia, China and New Zealand were also in attendance.

The event began with exclusive ‘behind-the-scene’ tours of the Singapore Sports Hub, followed by our 50+ industry elite speaker sessions covering all aspects of sports venue design, operations, revenue generation and fan engagement.

The event finale gave all visitors the chance to hear from Wing Tan, Senior Facilitator at the Disney Institute on ‘overmanaging’ and ‘architected’ or attend a special local site tour to learn about artificial turf maintenance from SMG Sportplatzmaschinenbau.

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On the exhibition floor, attendees had the opportunity to network and meet with experts across the entire spectrum of products and services, many of whom where exhibiting in Asia for the first time.

With the Asia Pacific region playing host to the 2018 Winter Olympics, 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2019 Rugby World Cup, and both the 2020 Summer & Winter Olympics, plans are already well underway to host Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 in Japan.

So please watch this space for details…

A comprehensive review of Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 will be available in the 4th quarter/Showcase Special edition of PanStadia & Arena Management available later this year.

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