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2026 Commonwealth Games: Where?


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54 minutes ago, Rob. said:

Optus is s gorgeous stadium. Could it hold a track?

Yes it can.  

It’s a multi-purpose stadium and can be switched to various modes.

Optus Stadium - Athletics mode

  • “Capable of hosting international athletics events, such as the IAAF World Championships and meets Commonwealth Games requirements.”
  • “Removable concrete plats on the lower bowl to facilitate reconfiguration into athletics mode.”
  • “60,000 seating capacity.”
  • “Media facilities with the capability to accommodate an increased contingent for international events.”

 

 

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If there is the political will from the State and Federal Governments, then this “emergency solution” for the 2026 Commonwealth Games in Perth can be pulled in the 5 years remaining.

The WA State Premier Mark McGowan is enjoying massive political support from the people of WA after keeping the state COVID-free wtih his very popular (to WA residents) hard borders policy. His government was just re-elected in March in the biggest landslide wipeout in the state’s history.

He can almost walk on water with WA Voters so its a matter the if he is willing to support a 2026 CWG in Perth. I have a gut feeling he would support the bid.

That leaves the Australian Government and if they would support it.

(this 2026 CWG hist topic is also being discussed on the other 2026 CWG thread)

 

Perth 2026 Venues ?

As a Perth boy living in Melbourne now, here is a very quick off the cuff scan of possible venues for such a Games in 2026:

  • Athletics/Ceremonies - Optus Stadium - 60,000 - multi-mode, hi-tech
  • Aquatics/Swimming/Diving - Perth Superdrome complex - has hosted the FINA World Swimming Championships twice at the Superdrome Aquatic complex in 1991 and 1998. Used 15,000 capacity temporary grandstands as in CWG 2018 Gold Coast
  • Badminton - Perth Badminton Arena
  • Basketball - WA Basketball Centre
  • Beach Volleyball - Scarborough Beach - temporary grandstand
  • Boxing - Perry Lakes Basketball Stadium
  • Cricket T20 - WACA 
  • Cycling Track - SpeedDome velodrome
  • Gymnastics - Perth Arena - 15,500 large hi-tech large CBD arena which hosts NBL Team Perth Wildcats,and Tennis tournaments
  • Hockey - Perth Hockey Stadium
  • Judo - at one of a number of indoor community sports centres ,similar to CWG 2018 Gold Coast 
  • Lawn Bowls - North Perth Lawn Bowls Centre
  • Mountain Biking - Kalamunda Mountain Bike Park
  • Netball - State Netball Centre
  • Rugby Sevens - Joondalup Arena
  • Shooting - Whiteman Park
  • Squash - The Squash Factory 
  • Table Tennis at one of a number of indoor community sports centres ,similar to CWG 2018 Gold Coast
  • Triathlon - Swan River, Kings Park
  • Weightlifting - Perth Concert Hall
  • Wrestling at one of a number of indoor community sports centres ,similar to CWG 2018 Gold Coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Isn't Basil Zempilas the guy who was standing by Joanna Griggs as she savaged the 2018 closing ceremony? Sure I remember that name - didn't know he'd got in charge of Perth. Whatever, I'd still rather somewhere else finally hosted - the UK/Australia alternation is getting boring now - and if it needs to be Australia, I'd rather Adelaide as the one that's never done it, but Perth's got that wonderful stadium and I'm certain they'll do a great job of it. And at least it's not a suburb pretending to be a city :P

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8 hours ago, yoshi said:

Isn't Basil Zempilas the guy who was standing by Joanna Griggs as she savaged the 2018 closing ceremony? Sure I remember that name - didn't know he'd got in charge of Perth. Whatever, I'd still rather somewhere else finally hosted - the UK/Australia alternation is getting boring now - and if it needs to be Australia, I'd rather Adelaide as the one that's never done it, but Perth's got that wonderful stadium and I'm certain they'll do a great job of it. And at least it's not a suburb pretending to be a city :P

Replied to this post at the Perth 2026 thread :)

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When will the decision be made, I assume it's being delegated to Commonwealth Games Australia, like with the Birmingham/Liverpool decision was just England's. Hopefully we will have a host city of some kind before Birmingham, so it can be handed over. 

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4 hours ago, yoshi said:

When will the decision be made, I assume it's being delegated to Commonwealth Games Australia, like with the Birmingham/Liverpool decision was just England's. Hopefully we will have a host city of some kind before Birmingham, so it can be handed over. 

https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1113936/host-city-2026-commonwealth-games

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