The majority of competition for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ was held on the Gold Coast in a mix of new or upgraded, existing and temporary venues.
Commonwealth Games Village
Located adjacent to Griffith University at Parklands, the Commonwealth Games Village will host more than 6500 athletes and team officials during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018). This 29-hectare site will include 1200 apartments and townhouses across 30 buildings, including a central park and boulevard.
The Parklands Project is the single-most significant legacy for GC2018. After the Commonwealth Games, the site will be transformed into a mixed–use residential community at the heart of the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct.
The Broadbeach Bowls Club, located at Nikiforides Family Park in Broadbeach, has been upgraded for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™, providing four international standard bowls greens and refurbished clubhouse facilities. The redevelopment will establish the club as Australia’s premier lawn bowls venue, providing a valuable, world class competition and training venue for athletes and the wider Gold Coast community.
Broadbeach Bowls Club will also host the Australian Open, the southern hemisphere’s largest lawn bowls event from 2015 to 2019.
The Gold Coast Sports Precinct will be the signature venue precinct for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018), hosting the opening and closing ceremonies, athletics, badminton, weightlifting and wrestling competition.
Redevelopment of the precinct is required to support the staging of GC2018 and the site will undergo a major upgrade, commencing in early 2015. Development of the precinct will provide a significant legacy for the Gold Coast, strengthening existing sporting and recreational infrastructure and supporting the needs of our growing city.
Redevelopment of the Gold Coast Sports Precinct includes the following components:
Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre. The new Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre will be a world class, multi-purpose, indoor sporting facility, featuring a show court with a maximum seating capacity of 5000 and up to 15 basketball/netball courts for community use. During GC2018, the venue will host the badminton and wrestling competition.
Carrara (Metricon) Stadium. Carrara Stadium will host the athletics competition and opening and closing ceremonies for the Commonwealth Games and will undergo a permanent upgrade of broadcast and lighting facilities. The 25,000 capacity stadium will also undergo a number of temporary upgrades for the Commonwealth Games, including an additional 15,000 temporary seats, to cater for up to 40,000 spectators during the event.
Southern precinct. The site on the southern side of Nerang Broadbeach Road adjacent to Carrara Stadium will undergo redevelopment to incorporate three new community sporting fields and supporting infrastructure.
The new multi-purpose Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, located at Beattie Road in the northern Gold Coast, will host gymnastics and netball finals for GC2018 and have a maximum temporary seating capacity of 7500. The venue will cater for community and national events, with an indoor arena that can incorporate eight basketball/netball-sized courts and a 1500 square metre gymnastics facility.
The Coomera Indoor Sports Centre will be the centrepiece for the transformation of Coomera Sports Park into a significant elite and community sports precinct. Construction of the new Coomera Indoor Sports Centre commenced in early 2015. The Centre was officially opened on 5 August 2016.
The $41 million Gold Coast Aquatic Centre was the first GC2018 venue to be completed. The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre will host the swimming and diving competition for the Commonwealth Games and was completed in June 2014 in time to host the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. It was designed to accommodate up to 12,500 temporary spectator seats with roofing for major competition events as well as a range of community uses.
This world-class outdoor venue features a new 50 metre competition pool, refurbished 25 metre pool, 50 metre pool, dive pool and a new dry dive facility. Additional community facilities include a new learn to swim pool and children’s play pool, café, gym, function rooms and crèche. Located within the scenic Broadwater Parklands, the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre will be one of the most iconic venues for GC2018.
The Mountain Bike competition for GC2018 will be located at the Nerang National Park and Gold Coast Cycle Centre. The project includes a new international competition standard mountain bike trail and minor upgrades at the Gold Coast Cycle Centre.
The Gold Coast Hockey Centre, located at Keith Hunt Park, Labrador will be upgraded for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™, providing two all-weather, synthetic pitches and seating for 5000 spectators. The redevelopment will establish the centre as Queensland’s premier hockey venue, providing a valuable, world class competition and training venue for athletes and the Gold Coast community.
Early design work commenced in mid-2014 and construction was completed in May 2017.
The $160 million Cbus Super Stadium is a 27,400 seat stadium located at Robina. This multi-purpose, world class sporting and entertainment stadium is the home of the Gold Coast Titans national rugby league team and will host the Rugby Sevens competition for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, located at Broadbeach, is the city’s premier convention and exhibition venue and the largest regional convention centre in Australia. The venue will host the preliminary rounds of netball and the basketball finals for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ and features a 5000 seat arena, 6000 square metres of exhibition space and more than 1400 underground car park spaces.
The Broadwater Parklands at Southport is the Gold Coast’s premier foreshore park and the venue for a range of major annual events, including the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge and Luke Harrop Memorial Triathlon. The Broadwater Parklands will host the marathon, triathlon and walking events for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™.
Village Roadshow Studios
A new 'Super Stage' at Village Roadshow Studios Oxenford was opened on Friday 27 May 2016, just in time to allow filming of Thor 3. The Super Stage will host the squash, boxing and table tennis competition for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth GamesTM. As well as providing a world class venue for GC2018, the new sound stage will create a long-term economic legacy for the Gold Coast by boosting the city's film and television production facilities.
The Super Stage will offer 4000 square metres of production space, and be temporarily fitted out to accommodate GC2018 competition.
Currumbin Valley will provide a picturesque backdrop as the proposed location for the cycling road race events for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™. Commencing and finishing on the Currumbin beachfront, the road race circuit will provide a range of areas for spectators to view the event.