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Brisbane 2032 Olympic venues announced

Austadiums   |  Wednesday 21st July 2021
Artists impression of the new Gabba to serve as the main stadium of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games
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Brisbane has been awarded the 2032 Olympic Games, with venues previously confirmed, including a re-built 50,000-capacity Gabba to be the main stadium. See the full list below.

Officials are planning to host an Olympic Games that’ll break-even – avoiding the mistakes of previous hosts were huge sums of money have been spent building stadiums that end up as white elephants.

The Brisbane 2032 Masterplan includes 32 venues within South-East Queensland for the 28 Olympic sports, located in three primary zones.

Not only will Brisbane’s Olympics expand to the entire south-east Queensland, football will also be played in North Queensland as well as Sydney and Melbourne. Various alternative venues were mentioned in the initial bid, including some Sydney 2000 Olympic venues, but they've since been eliminated, with the final list of venues confirmed below.

Brisbane’s initial bid document pitched as many as seven new venues being built, with the potential to reduce to just two new venues. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said “We already have 85 per cent of the venues at the moment. It’s a new norm, which means it’s a game changer.”

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While the bid document proposed a new 50,000-capacity stadium at Albion to serve as the main stadium, with another option to utilise Metricon Stadium, the Brisbane Olympic bid will instead re-build the Gabba as a 50,000-capacity stadium to host the ceremonies and athletics - as announced on April 20. The warm-up track will be located at a park nearby.

Various new stadiums will be constructed, including the 17,000-capacity inner-city Brisbane Arena (first mooted in 2018), to host swimming with a temporary pool being constructed within the new arena, and the Brisbane Indoor Sports Centre, to host basketball. It's also proposed a new 10,000-capacity Chandler Indoor Sports Centre would replace the existing Chandler Arena to host gymnastics. Find out what the 2032 Olympics mean for SE Queensland stadiums.

The traditional home of Queensland Rugby, Ballymore, would be transformed into a 15,000-capacity Hockey venue. Redevelopment work at the iconic stadium commenced in February to modernise its facilities.

 
BRISBANE OLYMPIC VENUES

The Gabba (rebuild, 50,000 capacity) – Athletics, Ceremonies

Brisbane Arena (new, 15,000) – Swimming, Water Polo

Brisbane Aquatic Centre (existing, 4,300) – Diving, Artistic Swimming, Water Polo

South Bank Culture Forecourt (temporary, 4,000) – Archery

Brisbane Indoor Sports Centre (new, 12,000) – Basketball

South Bank Piazza (existing, 4,500) – 3x3 Basketball

Anna Meares Velodrome (existing, 5,000) – Track Cycling, BMX racing

Victoria Park (temporary, 5,000/25,000) – Freestyle BMX, Cross Country Equestrian

Brisbane Showgrounds (existing, 15,000) – Equestrian

Suncorp Stadium (existing, 52,500) – Rugby Sevens, Football (Finals)

Chandler Indoor Sports Centre (rebuild, 10,000) – Gymnastics

Ballymore Stadium (upgrade, 10,000) – Hockey

Brisbane International Shooting Centre (existing, 2,000) – Shooting

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (existing, 6,500) – Table Tennis, Fencing, Taekwondo, Badminton

Redland Whitewater Centre (new, 8,000) – Slalom Canoe

Brisbane Entertainment Centre (existing, 11,000) – Handball

Moreton Bay Indoor Sports Centre (new, 7,000) – Boxing

Ipswich Stadium (under construction, 10,000) – Modern pentathlon

Lake Wyaralong (existing, 14,000) – Rowing, Sprint Canoe

Royal Queensland Golf Club (existing, 15,000) – Golf

Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (existing, 10,000) – Sailing

Queensland Tennis Centre (existing, 6,000) – Tennis

Suncorp Stadium

GOLD COAST VENUES

Broadbeach Park Stadium (temporary, 12,000) – Beach Volleyball

Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast (existing, 27,400) – Football (Preliminaries)

Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre (existing, 7,500) – Judo, Wrestling

Broadwater Parklands (temporary 5,000) – Triathlon, Marathon Swim

Coomera Indoor Sports Centre (existing, 11,000) – Volleyball

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (existing, 6,000) – Weightlifting, Volleyball

Cbus Super Stadiu, Gold Coast

SUNSHINE COAST VENUES

Sunshine Coast Stadium (upgrade, 16,500) – Football (Preliminaries)

Sunshine Coast Indoor Sports Centre (new, 6,000) – Basketball (Preliminaries)

Alexandra Headland (temporary, 5,000) – Road Cycling, Race Walking, Kiteboarding, Keelboat Sailing

Sunshine Coast Mountain Bike Park (existing, 10,000) – Mountain Biking

Redeveloped Sunshine Coast Stadium

OTHER LOCATIONS

Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville (existing, 25,000) – Football (Preliminaries)

Barlow Park, Cairns (upgrade, 20,000) – Football (Preliminaries)

Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba (upgrade, 15,000) – Football (Preliminaries)

Sydney Football Stadium, NSW (under construction, 45,000) – Football

AAMI Park, Melbourne VIC (existing, 30,050) – Football

Queensland Country Bank Stadium

Athletes will stay in one of three Olympic villages – a 14,000-bed development in Brisbane's north that will be converted to housing after the Games, while existing hotels on the Gold Coast would supply a further 2000 beds.

The international broadcast centre and main press centre would be based within the Brisbane river cluster where four other Olympic venues are located, including the main stadium.

It's proposed a Brisbane Olympics would run from 23 July to 8 August in 2032. Overall, it will cost almost $5 billion to operate the games, which will be privately-funded. At least US$1.8bn of that money — $2.27bn, according to today’s exchange rate — would be provided by the IOC to Queensland Olympic organisers from the split of international broadcast fees. The rest would be made up of ticket sales, local sponsorship and merchandise sales.

The official announcement awarding Brisbane as the successful bidder for the 2032 Olympic Games was announced today just after 6:30pm AEST.

Members of the IOC first listened to a 45-minute pitch from Australian officials, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison via video link, and from Ms Palaszczuk, in person. After the pitch, delegates voted between 6:10pm and 6:30pm AEST before the announcement was delivered.

2032 will be the third time Australia has hosted the Olympics, with Melbourne hosting the Games in 1956, followed by Sydney in 2000.

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