Get Set For The Games
The Gold Coast is now home to the largest sporting event Australia will see this decade – the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) from April 4 – 15.
It’s an incredibly exciting time – one for the history books – that will see 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories converge on the Gold Coast for a sporting spectacular. And the GC has been ever-so-busy preparing for the 11-day sporting and cultural event.
With over one million ticketed spectators eager to catch a glimpse of the action, GC2018 is proud to showcase 17 competition venues scattered locally, all the way up the coast to Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns.
The Queensland Government has grabbed this opportunity by the horns, injecting $320million into infrastructure upgrades and new-builds to make the Gold Coast shine on a world stage.
They’ve proudly redeveloped and purpose-built venues from scratch to showcase 18 competitive sports including cycling, boxing, netball, beach volleyball, gymnastics, lawn bowls, wrestling, diving and table tennis, in the best possible way. Completion of many venue upgrades happened well ahead of time, some as long as 18 months ago, to ensure the smooth sailing of this prestigious world-class event.
Carrara will be a hive of activity with the Opening and Closing Ceremonies hosted at Carrara Stadium, which has seen a vast revitalisation of facilities over many months. Various athletic events will also be held at the stadium while badminton, para powerlifting and weightlifting are a few of the sports taking place at Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre.
Construction on Queensland’s first indoor Velodrome was completed in September 2016 at Sleeman Sports Complex, Chandler. This new world-class facility, the Anna Meares Velodrome, features an international competition-standard 250-metre indoor timber track to host cycling events at the Games in spectacular fashion.
The Broadbeach Bowls Club has had works carried out to the greens and clubhouse, in preparation to host the lawn bowls event running from April 5-13.
For swimming and diving fans, the $41million redevelopment of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre will surely impress. Now called the Optus Aquatic Centre, this state-of-the-art facility was one of the very first upgrades to be made for the Games. Among the new facilities is a 50-metre, 10-lane competition swimming pool, diving pools and a gym.
Works on a new multi-purpose building at Coomera commenced in February 2015 and were completed by August 2016. The Coomera Indoor Sports Centre will host the GC2018 gymnastics competition and netball finals.
Of course, there’s a plethora of other venues hosting myriad more events, all a feast for the sensors. To plan your GC2018 itinerary, visit https://www.gc2018.com/schedule#home for schedule details.
With close to 7,000 athletes and officials set to arrive here on the Coast, it begs the question, where will they all stay? Thankfully, purpose-built accommodation, known as “Athlete’s Village” was completed in October 2017 at Parklands on the Gold Coast.
The Parklands redevelopment incorporates 1,252 permanent dwellings made up of 1170 apartments and 82 townhouses that will house athletes and officials during the 11-day event. Also incorporated is 7.3 hectares of green and open space including a community park and extensive landscaped areas.
The colourful redevelopment is one of the largest urban renewal projects ever undertaken on the Gold Coast. After GC2018, the Parklands redevelopment will provide significant legacy infrastructure for a modern, mixed-used community, which includes one and two-bedroom apartments, three-bedroom townhouses and a new business hub for health and knowledge, commercial and retail use.
No two days during the Games will be the same. Aside from the competitive sports, Festival 2018 will also host family concerts, large-scale installations, music and performances on the beach. For full program details visit https://www.gc2018.com/festival2018
Preparations for the Games have been well thought-out and extensive, and the Gold Coast will undoubtedly shine on the world sporting stage. The promotional exposure for business, trade, investment, tourism and events will herald a new era in the region’s growth and maturity.
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