Brisbane's Olympic Goal

Brisbane’s bid for the 2032 Olympics was a sure thing. With no other serious contenders, it was of no surprise that Brisbane’s bid was given the green light by the International Olympics Committee (IOC).

With only 11 years until the Brisbane Olympics, a joint Olympic Infrastructure Agency has been established with representatives from Federal, State and Local governments, and is already sounding the starting siren for a plethora of pre-planned development and infrastructure projects to begin.

While Olympics are renowned for being overly costly, disruptive and wasteful to the Host City, Brisbane’s 2032 Olympics will abide by IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020, to deliver the games through an “advanced games concept”. This concept has a renewed focus on sustainability, which involves utilising current infrastructure and facilities rather than building new. Brisbane perfectly fulfils this focus, with official IOC documentation outlining between 80 and 90 percent of the venues used to host events already exist in Brisbane, and surrounding locales in the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast areas. Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has narrowed this figure down more particularly, stating that 84 percent of venues to be used for Brisbane’s 2032 Olympics are pre-existing, will be refurbished, or will be constructed temporarily for the Games.

Although the total cost of the Brisbane Olympics is still an unknown, organisers of the Brisbane games have estimated that it will have an operating budget of $4.5 billion. An independent economic assessment by KPMG estimated that the Games will cost nearly $7 billion – paying for itself with a delivering of over $8.1 billion to Queensland, predominantly via the tourism industry. The total economic benefit for Australia is estimated to reach $17.61 billion. According to Dr Judith Mair - a tourism and events expert at The University of Queensland - the only dilemma with these estimations is that they don’t account for the cost of security, upgrading public transport, nor of the new road infrastructure necessary to adequately host the Games.

Come 2032, the work currently being undertaken on large transport projects like Cross River Rail, Brisbane Metro and Coomera Connector will be completed and fully operational, however work will need to be done to upgrade public transport so that spectators can easily access sporting venues across the state’s South-eastern corner. Schrinner also commented that part of the reason for the Olympics bid was to enhance transport infrastructure and accessibility across Brisbane. Many of the recommendations in Brisbane’s 30-year plan will need to be brought forwards so that they are ready in time for the Olympics in 2032, Dr Mair shared. Furthermore, Dr Mair emphasised that while there are currently plans to duplicate the M1 to the Gold Coast, a similar project needed to be developed heading toward the Sunshine Coast too. According to CBRE, the majority of the capital investment will occur in the second half of this decade, averaging $800 million to $1.1 billion per year between 2027 and 2030. 

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Venues:

A summary of the total proposed locations for each sport is below.

Brisbane Zone:

Brisbane is the proposed location for 22 sporting venues, with many location clusters across the Zone.

Brisbane River Cluster

The Gabba (rebuild, 50,000 capacity) Athletics, Opening and Closing Ceremonies

  • Woolloongabba’s Stadium is likely to be at the centre of Brisbane’s Olympics, and it predicted to host the opening and closing ceremonies, in addition to all athletic events.
  • Although The Gabba, as it is affectionally known, will be 137 years old by time the Olympics make it there in 2032. It has undergone 2 renovations since 1993, with the most recent being the construction of a 24-bay grandstand in 2005.
  • Thanks to the success of Brisbane’s Olympic bid, The Gabba will receive a long overdue renovation which will upgrade capacity from 42,000 to 50,000 spectators. This renovation and redevelopment of surrounding areas will cost $1 billion and will also include a new pedestrian plaza linking the stadium to the Cross River Rail station, a revamp of the western end, making it the obvious major entry location, an elevated podium on level three, a new media halo around the top, massive video boards on either end above a standing area, plus an upgrade to corporate boxes and function rooms. The underside of the roof could also have its own 360-degree media halo. Additionally, a new warm up track has been proposed at a park adjacent to the Gabba.

 

International Broadcasting Centre (new, broadcasters only)

  • A new precinct is being planned on the land previously occupied by the Parmalat milk factory on Montague Road in West End, which will act throughout the Olympics as an International Broadcasting Centre, and afterwards, will be converted to parkland.

South Bank Culture Forecourt (temporary, 4000) Archery

South Bank Piazza (existing, 4500) 3x3 Basketball

Brisbane Convention Centre & Main Press Centre (existing, 6500) Table Tennis, Fencing, Taekwondo, Badminton

 

Brisbane City Cluster

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

  • Earlier this month, plans for the upper elements of the new Roma Street Cross River Rail Station have been approved to include an indoor arena to host swimming and some water polo events for the 2032 Games. After this, the temporary, indoor pool would be dismantled, allowing the Arena to host netball, basketball and other indoor sporting events. New residential housing, and both cycling and pedestrian paths will be constructed around the Arena, which will also have outward-facing retail opportunities and a ‘Sky Lounge’ function space. Alongside this development, 2ha of public space will be added to Roma Street Parklands, in addition to a new public plaza beside the Station.

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

 

Northshore Hamilton Cluster

Athlete’s Village (new, 14,000) Olympic & Paralympic Athletes Residence

  • The Athlete’s Village will be constructed on land which has long been earmarked by Local and State governments as a Priority Development Area. Due to its proximity to Brisbane CBD, the newly upgraded Kingsford Smith Drive, and the Gateway Bridges, providing immediate thoroughfare to both the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast venues. It’s pristine, waterfront location and many transport accessibility options make it a clear winner for the main Athlete’s Village. Additionally, two separate locations, one in Robina on the Gold Coast, and one on the Sunshine coast will serve as smaller Athlete’s Village residences, with the latter being a day residence only.

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

 

North Brisbane Cluster

Brisbane Entertainment Centre (existing, 11,000) Handball

Moreton Bay Indoor Sports Centre (new, 7000) Boxing

 

Herston Cluster

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

  • Tentatively pencilled in for development in Herston or Albion, the Brisbane Indoor Sports Centre will be the home of basketball for the 2032 Olympics. With a capacity of 12,000, the Indoor Sports Centre will be built in a similar fashion to the Gold Coast Sports & Leisure Centre, and the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre – both of which were used at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018. While not a great deal is known about this facility now, it is clear that this venue will become a 12-court facility and community sports hub after the Games.

Ballymore Stadium (upgrade, 10,000) Hockey

  • Although Ballymore Stadium is the current home of Queensland Rugby, in preparation for the Brisbane Olympics in 2032, this venue will be transformed into a 15,000-capacity hockey venue, with some redevelopment to modernise the stadium already underway.

Brisbane Showgrounds (existing, 15,000) Equestrian

Victoria Park (temporary, 5000/25,000) Freestyle BMX, Equestrian

 

Chandler Cluster

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

  • Originally named the Sleeman Sports Centre and built for the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games, the Chandler Indoor Sports Centre will replace what is now the Chandler Arena. With a capacity upgrade to 10,000, this upgraded centre will host basketball and netball games, in addition to being the official home of Gymnastics for the entirety of the 2032 programme.

Brisbane Aquatic Centre (existing, 4300) Diving, Water Polo

  • The Brisbane Aquatic Centre will undergo a massive revamp before the Brisbane Olympics, to be reimagined as a world-class indoor swimming centre. Formally part of the Sleeman Sports Complex, the reimagined Chandler Aquatic Centre will have plenty of grandstand seating in tiers around the pool.

Anna Meares Velodrome (existing, 5000) Cycling

Brisbane International Shooting Centre (existing, 2000) Shooting

 

East Brisbane Cluster

Redland Whitewater Centre (new, 8000) Slalom Canoe

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

 

South Brisbane Cluster

Queensland Tennis Centre (existing, 6000) Tennis

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

 

Scenic Rim

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

  • Owing to the distance between Lake Wyaralong and the three proposed Athlete’s Village sites, a small Athlete’s Village has been proposed for the rowers, to be built at Kooralbyn.

 

Gold Coast Zone:

  • Gold Coast will host several the events for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games, including aquatics, beach volleyball, golf, judo, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, and wrestling. Due to the expansive register of events booked for the Gold Coast area, an area in Collyer Quays has been tagged for the proposed Gold Coast location of the Athlete’s Village. This location is quite close to all bar one of the proposed locations and is only 2 minutes from the Cbus Stadium.

 

Broadbeach Cluster

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

Gold Coast Convention Centre (existing, 6,000) Weightlifting

 

Broadwater Parklands

Broadwater Parklands (temporary 5,000) Triathlon

 

Carrara Cluster

Gold Coast Leisure Centre (existing, 7500) Judo, Wrestling

Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast (existing, 15,000) Golf

Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast (existing, 25,000) Cricket – if it is added as an Olympic sport

 

Coomera

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

 

Robina

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

 

Sunshine Coast Zone:

Kawana Cluster

Sunshine Coast Stadium (upgrade, 16,500) Football

Sunshine Coast Indoor Sports Centre (new, 6000) Basketball

  • The Kawana Cluster, consisting of Sunshine Coast Stadium and the proposed Sunshine Coast Indoor Sports Centre will work in conjunction with the Brisbane Games, hosting the footballs and basketball preliminary events.
  • The Sunshine Coast Stadium is pegged for expansion and has the majority of funding for this project sorted. This expansion will see the venue’s capacity rise to over 16,600 and will include an improvement in facilities for athletes and officials, more change rooms, new coach and media boxes, camera platforms and a production area, as well as improved first aid and hospitality spaces.

 

Alexandra Headland

Alexandra Headland (temporary, 5000) Road Cycling, Race Walking, Kiteboarding, Keelboat Sailing

  • Alexandra headland will act as the host location for road-based events (cycling, racewalking, marathon) all of which attract many spectators. Additionally, the kiteboarding and sailing competitions will likely be based at Alexandra headland, or across the Whitsundays in Far North Queensland.

 

Maroochydore

Athlete’s Village (new, unknown size) Olympic & Paralympic Athletes Day Residence

  • Maroochydore will be the home of the Sunshine Coast Athlete’s Day-Village.

 

Parklands

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

  • The Sunshine Coast Mountain Bike Centre will be the host of the mountain biking competition at the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.

 

Other Locations:

Townsville

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

Cairns

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

Toowoomba

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

Sydney

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

Melbourne

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