One of the most defining moments in the Gold Coast's history occurred on Saturday 12 November 2011, when the city won the rights to host the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
The Commonwealth Games is one of the largest elite multi-sport events in the world. Hosting the Commonwealth Games is the equivalent of staging 15 world championships simultaneously.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth GamesTM will be the largest international sporting event staged in Australia for a decade, with more than 6500 athletes and officials from 70 Commonwealth nation teams taking part.
On 4 April 2013, with exactly five years to go until the opening ceremony, the Broadwater Parklands came alive when proud Gold Coasters turned out for the official launch of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth GamesTM (GC2018) and the unveiling of a new Commonwealth Games emblem.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games emblem highlights the Gold Coast's iconic skyline. The colours are a tribute to the city's vibrant energy, its coastal location and magnificent hinterland backdrop, with the athletes at the very heart of our Commonwealth Games.
GC2018 will feature 10 compulsory and seven optional sports. These are:
- Lawn bowls
- Rugby sevens
- Table tennis
With the exceptions of shooting, track cycling and preliminary rounds of basketball, all GC2018 competition will be held at venues on the Gold Coast. The Commonwealth Games are televised to a global audience in excess of 1.5 billion, with more than 1000 hours of broadcast covered by 3000 media representatives.
The Commonwealth Games represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to showcase the Gold Coast on the world stage and deliver up to 30,000 new jobs, and $2 billion in economic investment.
The Commonwealth Games will ignite the community's pride and passion and kickstart legacy infrastructure projects that will transform the Gold Coast into a truly world-class regional city.
The City of Gold Coast is working closely with the Queensland Government and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) to host a unique and memorable Commonwealth Games which delivers the best-possible legacy outcomes for our community.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth GamesTM will be held between 4-15 April 2018.