Brisbane 2032 Olympic venues announced
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.”
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
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
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
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
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.