Melbourne, Melbourne, Melbourne. Has there ever been a more annoying word?
You only just did better than Manchester & Belgrade and got nowhere near Atlanta, Athens & Toronto in the bid for 1996- so if that was all the competition you had then, just think of the great cities you could come up against in future- especially when you are already a former host
. While Brisbane does have the problem of ageing sports venues (ANZ Stadium, everything at Chandler), past Olympics have proved that competition arenas can easily use temporary seating and as such do not have to be highly expensive (except that $1 billion unfinished disaster in Montreal
). Using the current ANZ as a basis, upgrading can be cheap (Los Angeles 1984 modernised its 1932 stadium & Barcelona's inexpensive 1992 stadium had been built as part of its bid for 1936!!!- so one originally built in 1982 should be fine if it is upgraded). As for Aquatic events- a pool with temporary grandstands would be easy to build at a number of possible locations throughout the inner-city of Brisbane while at the same time leaving a public facility for long-term use. At the same time Water Polo could be held at Chandler. The Convention Centre is more than adequate and new enough for lesser sports such as Fencing, Judo, Wrestling, Taekwondo, Table Tennis, Badminton, etc. Beach Volleyball & Triathlon at Surfers Paradise will be magic for the TV cameras and huge crowd pullers
. Moreton Bay is large enough and has a multitude of yacht clubs which could serve as bases for Sailing. Rowing & Canoeing have a ready made venue on Lake Wivenhoe while Gymnastics, Handball & Volleyball could be easily accommodated at a revamped Entertainment Centre at Boondall. That only leaves a handful of sports that could require new venues and if the IOC has its way Baseball & Softball stadia will probably not be needed by the time Brisbane might host.
So, think again Melbourne
. You might be good at poaching sports events from other states
(well done, by the way), not to say that these are not brilliantly organised and executed- but, you are already a world renowned city. Its time to share the wealth with us other 'heathen' cities (ie. Brisbane & Perth). So, its OK Melbourne, the world will still love you the morning after a Brisbane Olympics.