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GOLD COAST CITY CANDIDATE CITY FILE
Gold Coast City
THEME 8 Sport and Venues
THEME 9 Commonwealth Games Village
THEME 10 Medical and Health Services
THEME 11 Security
THEME 12 Accommodation
THEME 13 Transport
THEME 14 Technology
THEME 15 Media Operations
Australia has an international reputation for its capacity to conduct major sporting events which is reflected by the success of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, 2003 Rugby World Cup, the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the annual Australian Open Tennis Championships.
Gold Coast City is also recognised worldwide for its capacity to host major sporting events. As a key holiday destination for both domestic and international tourists, the City’s natural attractions, accommodation providers, public transport networks, major sporting infrastructure and associated services make it an ideal destination for sport and event-related tourism.
The City’s event credentials include the annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon, the annual Armor All Gold Coast 600, which is part of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the biennial Pan Pacific Masters Games and the 2009 ITU World Triathlon Championships. In addition to these major international events, Gold Coast City is home to four national sporting teams: Gold Coast Titans (National Rugby League); Gold Coast Suns (Australian Football League); Gold Coast United (Football Federation of Australia); and Gold Coast Blaze (National Basketball League).
The Sports Programme
The Candidature File proposes a Sports Programme comprising 17 sports, including Para-Sports for elite athletes with disabilities. The Sports Programme reflects the Commonwealth’s 10 core sports and an additional seven optional sports. It has been carefully developed to provide a balance of sports, while considering potential athlete participation levels, spectator interest and international broadcast appeal.
The Sports Programme has been developed in consultation with the ACGA, national and international sporting bodies and anticipated Games broadcasters.
The Sports Programme may be refined in consultation with the CGF and the International Sport Federations.
Final programme scheduling will balance the interests of athletes with those of spectators and international viewers. The Games will be held over an 11 day period, including two weekends, with the Sports Programme providing compelling content to maximise ticket sales and ensure sustained interest and excitement for the duration of the Games.
The Candidature File demonstrates the capacity of a regional city to host a major sporting event. The OC will provide venues that meet or exceed the benchmarks stipulated by the CGF and are viable, affordable and consistent with the needs of a vibrant, growing regional city.
The Games will be staged in a combination of newly built and enhanced existing venues, all satisfying International Sport Federation competition standards. Almost 80 percent of the venues required for the Games are already built, albeit upgrades may be required for current international competition standards. The works schedule will guarantee new buildings and those requiring upgrades will be completed well ahead of the Games.
New venues will comprise both permanent and temporary facilities. Permanent venues will be designed to align with the City’s long-term planning strategies and will leave an important infrastructure legacy for the community.
THEME 8 Sport and Venues
Recent Federal, State and Local Government investment has provided major sporting infrastructure, including:
• Robina Stadium – a 27,400 seat rectangular stadium (Rugby 7s);
• Carrara Stadium – an oval-shaped stadium with a permanent capacity of 25,000 seats and designed to extend to a 40,000 seat stadium in Games mode (Athletics and Opening and Closing Ceremonies); and
• Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre – a central hub for competition and media (Netball, International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre).
If the Candidature is successful a range of community facilities will receive significant upgrades, including Gold Coast Aquatic Centre (Swimming and Diving), Gold Coast Hockey Centre (Hockey), and Runaway Bay Sports Centre (Squash). A number of new community facilities will be developed at Carrara (Badminton), Coomera (Wrestling) and Hinze Dam (Mountain Bike).
Shooting disciplines will benefit from an upgrade to Belmont Shooting Centre, while a new indoor velodrome will be developed for Track Cycling at Queensland State Velodrome. Both venues are located in Brisbane and will deliver long-term legacies for the respective sports, while ensuring their continued viability post the Games.
All Gold Coast City venues have been carefully planned to ensure maximum legacy benefits for the City’s sporting community, in addition to sustainable operation and maintenance costs.
The Games Village
As the focal point of the Games, the Village design will meet all requirements for athlete accommodation and associated services during the Games. An important infrastructure legacy, the Village will provide a vibrant and sustainable residential, commercial and entertainment precinct after the Games’ conclusion.
The Village will be located at Parklands, Southport, adjacent to Griffith University and Gold Coast University Hospital. The Village will accommodate 6,500 athletes and officials in residential towers, of no more than nine storeys. A substantial open-space area will be provided for the enjoyment of athletes and officials within a secure environment.
There will be a maximum of two athletes or officials per room, complying with the CGF guidelines (ratio 1:2) and a maximum of four athletes to a bathroom (ratio 1:4). Athlete and officials’ residential accommodation will offer a mix of single, double and three room apartments. The specific requirements of elite athletes with disabilities will be fully met within the Village design.
The Village plans have been reviewed by representatives of the Athlete’s Advisory Group, who have provided input into all aspects of the design to ensure the needs of athletes have been represented.
The Village will be located within a 20 minute drive of 80 percent of the competition and training venues and approximately eight kilometres from the coastal beach strip. The location of the Village has been carefully planned using transport-oriented design (TOD) principles. The new Gold Coast Rapid Transit light rail system will service the Village, connecting it to key activity centres, with the Village also easily accessible by key road and rail networks.
QUEsTION 8.1 Based on the options for the Commonwealth Games programme use Table 8.1 to indicate:
• Dates and days of competition (by sport/discipline)
• Type and level of competition – including selected options for Para-Sports events to be integrated within the programme. See 8.18 for more information
• Finals (by sport/discipline)
• Total gold medals awarded each day and for each sport/discipline
• Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
GOLD COAST CITY 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES – CANDIDATE CITY FILE THEME 8 – Sport and Venues
Gold Medal Events Preliminary Sessions and/or Heats2
Women only F (1): Final (1 medal awarded) QF: Quarter Final
Men and/or Women Men only Ceremonies SF: Semi Final B: Bronze Medal Play-off
Table 8.1 Competition Schedule and Gold Medal Events
Day 0 Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Total Gold
Aquatics 5 5 9 5 11 7 3 2 3 2 52
Diving F (3) F (2) F (3) F (2) *(10)
Swimming SF/F (5)
Athletics 3 8 9 7 8 9 9 53
Track & Field F (1) SF/F (8)
Marathon F (2) *(2)
Walks F (2) F (1) *(3)
1 5 6
F (1) QF/SF B F (5) *(6)
Basketball (Regional Sessions)
1 1 2
SF F (1) F (1) *(2)
QF QF SF F (10) *(10)
Cycling 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 18
Track F (3) F (3) F (3) F (3) *(12)
Time Trial F (2) *(2)
Road Race F (2) *(2)