The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre will host both the Netball competition and be home to the Main Media Centre. The Centre provides an ideal venue for the Netball competition with a capacity of 5,000 spectator seats. The Main Media Centre will be located in the exhibition area of the venue and is ideally located close to the Broadbeach accommodation, retail and entertainment precinct with good access to the competition venues. The Main Media Centre will comprise the International Broadcast Centre at ground level and a Press Centre on a temporary mezzanine level within the Centre. The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre has 1,400 undercover car park spaces and boasts the latest in wireless technology.
The Lawn Bowls competition will be held at the Broadbeach Bowls Club. The venue currently has four greens for competition purposes and will be upgraded to meet the competition requirements of the Commonwealth Games Federation and World Bowls Ltd. In competition mode the venue will provide seating for 2,500 spectators. The Bowls main club house building will undergo major refurbishment for the Games to ensure the highest quality services and facilities.
Southport Broadwater Parklands
The Southport Broadwater Parklands will provide a unique hub for a variety of sports throughout the Games.
At the northern end of the Parklands a temporary venue will be constructed. The venue is designed to seat a minimum of 7,500 spectators to accommodate the sport of Gymnastics and to host either the finals of the Basketball or Netball competition. Following the Games and due to its modular capacity the venue will be deconstructed and relocated to provide for a variety of community activities within Gold Coast City providing a valuable legacy for the Gold Coast City community.
Moving south along the Southport Broadwater Parklands the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre will undergo a major redevelopment to provide for both the Swimming and Diving elements of the Games sports programme. Redevelopment will include the construction of a new 50 metre, 10 lane swimming pool for competition purposes, while the existing 50 metre pool will become the warm up pool in Games mode. Seating for 10,000 spectators (swimming) and 2,500 spectators (diving) will be provided on a temporary basis for the Games. In legacy mode this venue will include additional change rooms, meetings rooms, permanent seating for 1,000 spectators and the flexibility for Gold Coast City Council to incorporate a variety of community sport and leisure activities.
South of the Aquatic Centre and still in the Southport Broadwater Parklands will be the sites for the start and finish of the Marathon event, Road Walks and Triathlon. The Southport Broadwater Parklands will also be the location for one of the Game’s live sites where people can visit and watch the action on the screens provided while enjoying the atmosphere of the Games.
The recently completed Carrara Stadium, home to the city’s Australian Football League team, Gold Coast Suns currently accommodates up to 25,000 spectators. This venue will be enhanced with temporary seating to provide for 40,000 spectators in Games mode. The venue will host the Opening and Closing ceremonies for the Games and the Athletic competition. To facilitate the athletics programme a temporary track will be located within the main stadium and a new track with associated facilities will be constructed adjacent to the main stadium as the warm up track for the Games. The warm up track will remain as a permanent legacy for Gold Coast City community and will become the city’s premier athletic facility.
A new indoor sports venue will be constructed to host the Badminton competition at Carrara. The venue will be located near the athletics warm up track and will accommodate 2,500 spectators. The Carrara Sport and Leisure Centre will replace the current indoor sports facility and provide a valuable legacy venue for Gold Coast City providing for elite competition and training as well as community sports groups.
The Robina Stadium (Skilled Park) will host the Rugby 7s competition. The stadium requires minimal overlay to meet the competition needs of the International Rugby Board. The stadium has a current capacity of 27,400 spectators and is considered one of the best regional stadiums in Australia. It is well equipped with multiple player change rooms and corporate, hospitality and media facilities.
Coomera – Coomera Sport and Leisure Centre
A new indoor multi-sport sport and leisure facility will be built at Coomera and will host the Wrestling at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. In Games mode the venue will accommodate the event requirements and include spectator seating for 2,500. The Coomera Sport and Leisure Centre aligns with the Gold Coast City Council’s long term planning and will be a permanent legacy for the community.
Oxenford – Village Roadshow Studios
The existing sound stages of the Village Roadshow complex at Oxenford will play host to the sports of Boxing and Table Tennis. During Games mode the venue will be enhanced to provide for the International Sporting Federation technical venue requirements and provide spectator seating of 3,000 (boxing) and 3,200 (table tennis). The use of this unique facility provides a very cost effective means of delivering the respective Games competition venues for these sports and maximises the use of existing infrastructure in Gold Coast City.
Runaway Bay - Runaway Bay Sport and Leadership Excellence Centre
The existing Runaway Bay Sport and Leadership Excellence Centre will be upgraded and extended to host the Squash and Weightlifting competitions. A permanent extension of the current squash facility will incorporate six single and four double courts. A show court for finals matches will also be provided for the Games with temporary seating for 3,000 spectators. The extended venue will become a permanent legacy for the residents of Gold Coast City.
Located adjacent to the Runaway Bay Sport and Leadership Excellence Centre a temporary venue for Weightlifting will be constructed. The venue will meet the technical event requirements of the International Weightlifting Federation and provide seating for 2,500 spectators.
The existing home of the Gold Coast Hockey Centre at Keith Hunt Park, Labrador will be upgraded to host the Hockey competition for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The redevelopment of the venue will provide for three all-weather synthetic pitches and will include seating for 5,000 spectators. The redevelopment will establish the Centre as Queensland’s premier Hockey venue, providing a valuable, world-class competition and training venue for current and future athletes and the Gold Coast City community.
Hinze Dam will be the location for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Mountain Bike competition. A new course will be constructed to meet international competition requirements with temporary seating for 2,000 spectators. In legacy mode the venue will provide a valuable community asset for international, national and local riders.
The Elanora / Currumbin Valley area will provide a picturesque location for the Road Racing elements of the Cycling programme. Commencing and finishing at the Merv Craig Sporting Complex the road race looped circuit provides for a range of areas where spectators will be able to view the event.
Brisbane based venues
Two sports are proposed to be conducted at Brisbane based venues.
Track Cycling will be held at the Sleeman Sports Complex, Chandler where a new indoor cycling velodrome (Queensland State Velodrome) will be built. The Velodrome will seat 4,000 spectators in Games mode and will remain as a permanent legacy with reduced seating capacity for the sport of cycling following the Games.
Clay Target, Pistol, Small and Full Bore Shooting disciplines for the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held at the Belmont Shooting Centre. The Centre provides a unique opportunity to host all disciplines on one site and will be upgraded to meet the requirements of the International Shooting Sport Federation for the conduct of the Games events. In Games mode seating will be provided for 3,000 spectators.
Regional Areas of Cairns and Townsville
The preliminary rounds of the men’s and women’s Basketball competition will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre and the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre respectively. Both Centres offer seating capacity for up to 5,000 spectators and are currently home to the Cairns Taipans and the Townsville Crocodile, National Basketball League teams.