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2 hours ago, George_D said:

Suppose Brisbane becomes the host of 2032 Olympics. Which stadium will host Ceremonies/Athletics??

Lang Park is the biggest stadium and its capacity is 52.500 seats.

Also i dont see any major arenas in Brisbane (over 10.000 seats) for sports like Gymnastics, Basketball and Volleyball that Olympics capacity requirements are too high. In commonwealth games these sports where conducted mainly in convention centres with much lower capacity

 

Pool above Roma Street would be pulled down after Brisbane Olympics

Credit: Brisbane Times

By Lydia Lynch

March 2, 2021 — 3.44pm

 

An indoor swimming pool proposed atop of Roma Street station would be turned into an entertainment centre after athletes headed home from a 2032 Olympic Games hosted in Brisbane.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed on Tuesday the aquatic centre inside the planned Brisbane Live arena would be temporary.

 

Builders complete works on a temporary swimming pool at Rod Laver Arena in 2007.

Builders complete works on a temporary swimming pool at Rod Laver Arena in 2007.CREDIT:CRAIG ABRAHAM

An agreement was expected in the first half of 2021 about whether an aquatics centre would be built in Brisbane to host the swimming and water polo competitions for the Games, which the Queensland capital was favoured to host.

“We have a lot of existing venues and over the next few months and years we need to work on those missing pieces,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“We know that we do need a swimming venue, so there are options there about utilising a potential Brisbane Live for swimming but there are discussions that are ongoing.

“I think that Queenslanders would love a music entertainment venue, which would be the legacy [of the Games].”

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Concept art of the proposed Brisbane Live arena above the new underground Roma Street station.

Concept art of the proposed Brisbane Live arena above the new underground Roma Street station.

The state government has cleared the way for a new 18,000-seat venue over the Roma Street train station, which it wants the private sector to build.

Brisbane Live was conceived by music entrepreneur Harvey Lister’s company ASM Global, which operates the Brisbane Entertainment Centre at Boondall.

If a temporary aquatic centre was to be built inside Brisbane Live, sheets of aluminum could be clipped together and dropped to the bottom of the arena to create a pool, Mr Lister said.

“I don’t think you would build a building like this to keep a pool permanently,” he said.

“It would be temporary. This has been done many times, it was done in the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne for the World Swimming Championships [in 2007].

“They can go in, and go out, it takes a little bit of time but there is no reason why that can not be done very successfully in an indoor arena.”

Mr Lister said after the Games the venue would be used for concerts, monster truck shows, events such as Disney on Ice and indoor sport.

“It is time that Queensland’s capital city has a venue that is similar in scale to the one in Sydney, the one in Melbourne, the one in Perth and that is certainly what the vision is for Brisbane Live,” he said.

“The Brisbane Entertainment Centre has suited its purpose really well, but it was designed about 38 years ago now.”

He said if Brisbane Live was constructed “then the government will be able to decide what it does with that building at Boondall”.

Mr Lister said the company had “offered right from day one to take an equity stake in the project”.

“I do not think there is anywhere in the world where a major arena like this can be built and funded by the private sector, from what the general public pays for tickets,” he said.

Ms Palaszczuk could not rule out pitching in taxpayer money to build the arena “because it may be that the federal government and the council and the state all put in a contribution”.

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Six Years in the making:

The G e n e s i s  of Brisbane 2032

Genesis’.    Noun:      the origin or mode of formation of something

AOC - Australian Olympic Committee

IOC - International Olympic Committee

COMSEQ - Council of Mayors of South East Queensland

PM - Australian Prime Minister

OCLG  Olympic Candidature Leadership Group

QP - Queensland Premier

Date

Key Development

By

Nov 2014

Olympic Agenda 2020 announced 

“A strategic road map for the Olympic Movement”

IOC

2015

 

 

Pre-feasibility Study of a potential SEQ bid for 2028 Olympic Games commissioned in 2015 and released 2016

COMSEQ

Sep 2017

Paris and Los Angeles awarded 2024 and 2028 Games respectively

IOC

Jan 2019

 

SEQ People Mass Movement Study Released 

COMSEQ

Feb 2019

 

2032 SEQ Olympic / Paralympic Games Feasibility Study 

COMSEQ

May 2019

- ‘Sport Accord’ Gold Coast visit by the IOC President

-  IOC President addresses AOC

IOC President

June 2019

New Norm Olympic bidding rule changes announced

IOC

June 2019

Australian Prime Minister meets with IOC President at G20 Summit

PM

 

July 2019

IOC Sends Funding Contribution Letter to Queensland Government

IOC

July 2019

Brisbane 2032 Value Proposition Assessment released

QP

Aug 2019

Inaugural Meeting of 2032 Olympic Candidature Leadership Group

OCLG

Sep 2019

Queensland Premier leads delegation in visit to IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland.

QP

Dec 2019

Queensland Premier announces Candidature for 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games

QP

Dec 2019

AOC welcomes Queensland 2032 Olympic Games Candidature

AOC

Mar 2020

Bid suspended due to COVID Pandemic

QP

Nov 2020

PM meets with IOC President and AOC President in Tokyo

PM, IOC + AOC

Dec 2020 

Brisbane/SEQ 2032 Bid continuous dialogue resumes

QP

Jan 2021

IOC Presentation to Brisbane Candidature representatives

IOC

Feb 2021 

Brisbane/SEQ 2032 Candidature presentation made to the IOC Future Host Commission

OCLG

Feb 2021

Feasibility Assessment Report into the Brisbane/SEQ 2032 Candidature presented to the IOC Executive Board

IOC Future Host Commission

Feb 2021

IOC Future Host Commission instructed to enter into “Targeted Dialogue” with the Brisbane/SEQ candidature

IOC Executive Board

Mar 2021

IOC Approves Agenda 2020+5

 - a strategic roadmap and the Olympic movement through to 2025.

 IOC Session

 

What Happens Now ?

 

 

 

 

 

Targeted Dialogue with Brisbane 2032 OCLG

IOC Future Host Commission +

 OCLG

 

Completion of IOC Questionnaire and other documents which iron out the finer details.

OCLG

 

Future Host Commission recommends preferred candidate to IOC Executive Board

IOC Future Host Commission

 

IOC Executive Board recommends preferred 2032 candidate to IOC Session

IOC Executive Board

The next IOC Session is 20-21 July in Tokyo

IOC Session Votes on Games’ 2032 host

IOC Session

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1 hour ago, ulu said:

They will vote to award the games already in July? I was under the impression the period as 'preferred candidate' would be longer than 5 months.

The purpose of the Targeted Dialogue is to iron out the finer details of the Bid, including completion of the IOC Questionaire, before the recommendation to the IOC Executive Board, which in turn puts it to a vote before the full IOC Session.

In these uncertain times, and because Brisbane/SEQ’s Bid is so advanced, it is widely expected that those finer details will be ironed out and all wrapped up quite quickly and well enough in time for a vote by the IOC in July just prior to Tokyo.  The IOC are keen to lock in this safe-hands Australian Host as soon as possible.

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Olympics 2032: Brisbane takes another big step towards securing Games

Credit: The Courier Mail

By Julian Linden

March 13, 2021 - 8:44AM

Brisbane is another big step closer to being officially named as the host of the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics after getting the thumbs up from the full International Olympic Committee (IOC) membership.

The IOC executive board already announced last month that it had agreed to enter into ‘targeted dialogue” with Southeast Queensland after it was identified as the preferred candidate for the 2032 Games.

But now that decision has been supported by the full IOC membership after re-elected IOC President Thomas Bach gave his endorsement to the new procedures for selecting host cities.

“The new approach is focused on keeping costs to a minimum and it prevents undue influence and lobbying,” Bach said. 

“Our revolution had immediate positive results.”

With Paris (2024) and Los Angeles (2028) already locked in for the next two Summer Olympics after this year’s rescheduled Tokyo Games, one of the keys to fast-tracking Brisbane as the preferred candidate for 2032 has been the unwavering support of the government.

All three levels of government are backing the bid, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison personally appearing in a video presentation that was aired to the full IOC Session during this week’s virtual meeting.

“We will leave nothing to chance as we work with you during this period of dialogue,” the Prime Minister said.

“We want to be a trusted partner, a thorough and reliable partner of the International Olympic Committee.

“We’ll be a certain partner in uncertain times. We take nothing for granted and look forward to working with you. We know there is still much more ahead and the ultimate decision is yours.”

Queensland state premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner also appeared on the video, along with Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates, who was one of the architects of the new Future Host Commission.

The commission was established after an alarming drop off in the number of candidates for the 2024 Summer Games and the 2022 Winter Games, awarded to Beijing.

Coates’ role in helping to develop the framework for selecting future hosts has led to some grumblings from other candidates for 2032 but the commission chair, Norway’s Kristin Kloster Aasen, told the Session the new system was completely transparent.

“IOC Executive Board Members and representatives of countries who have expressed an interest in hosting the Games are not allowed to serve on the Future Host Commissions,” she said.

“The Commissions represent all stakeholder groups – the International Federations, the National Olympic Committees, athletes and the International Paralympic Committee. And there are strict rules in regard to confidentiality, conflict of interest and abiding by the IOC‘s Code of Ethics.

Exactly when Brisbane is officially named as 2032 host remains unknown but it could be as early as July 20 or 21, when the IOC Session next meets, just days before the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics.

It is up to the IOC executive board to decide when to proceed with the formal election of the 2032 host. The executive board will meet in Tokyo on July 17 and 18.

In the meantime, Brisbane 2032 and the AOC have been asked to submit their responses before the Future Host Commission reports back to the executive board.

Only once Brisbane meets all the requirements can the vote proceed but the IOC will also continue talks with other candidates in case they are not met.

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21 hours ago, AustralianFan said:
Venues proposed for a Brisbane Games.

Brisbane Venues
Athletics, Ceremonies - Brisbane Olympic Stadium (new, 50,000 capacity). (Alternative venues: Metricon Stadium, Gabba)

Swimming, Water Polo - Brisbane Arena (new, 15,000). (Alternative venue: Gold Coast Aquatic Centre)

Diving, Artistic Swimming, Water Polo - Brisbane Aquatic Centre (existing, 4,300).

Archery - South Bank Culture Forecourt (temporary, 4,000).

Basketball - Brisbane Indoor Sports Centre (new, 15,000).

3x3 Basketball - South Bank Piazza (existing, 4,500).

Track Cycling, BMX racing - Anna Meares Velodrome (existing, 5,000)

Freestyle BMX, Cross Country Equestrian - Victoria Park (temporary, 5,000/25,000)

Equestrian - Brisbane Showgrounds (existing, 15,000)

Football, Rugby Sevens - Suncorp Stadium (existing, 52,500)

Gymnastics - Chandler Indoor Sports Centre (new, 10,000)

Hockey - Ballymore (upgrade, 10,000). (Alternative venue: Gold Coast Hockey Centre)

Shooting - Brisbane International Shooting Centre (existing, 2,000)

Table Tennis, Fencing, Taekwondo, Badminton - Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (existing, 6,500)

Boxing - Nissan Arena (existing, 6,000)

Slalom Canoe - Redland Whitewater Centre (new, 8,000). (Alternative venue: Penrith Whitewater Stadium, NSW)

Handball - Brisbane Entertainment Centre (existing, 11,000)

Modern pentathlon - Ipswich Stadium (upgrade, 20,000)

Rowing, Sprint Canoe - Larapinta Flatwater Centre (new, 14,000). (Alternative venue: Sydney International Regatta Centre, NSW)

Sailing - Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (existing, 10,000)

Tennis - Queensland Tennis Centre (existing, 6,000)

Queensland_Tennis_Centre_Brisbane_River.

Gold Coast venues
Beach Volleyball - Broadbeach Park Stadium (temporary, 12,000)

Golf - Royal Pines Resort (existing, 15,000)

Judo, Wrestling - Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre (existing, 7,500)

Triathlon, Marathon Swim - Broadwater Parklands (temporary 5,000)

Volleyball - Coomera Indoor Sports Centre (existing, 11,000)

Weightlifting - Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (existing, 6,000)

Sunshine Coast venues
Basketball (pool games) - Sunshine Coast Convention and Entertainment Centre (new, 6,000)

Road Cycling, Race Walking, Kiteboarding - Alexandra Headland (temporary, 5,000)

Mountain Biking - Sunshine Coast Mountain Bike Park (existing, 10,000)

Other venues
Keelboat Sailing - Whitsunday Islands (existing, 2,000)

Football Preliminaries -
Ipswich Stadium (upgrade, 20,000)
Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast (existing, 27,400)
Sunshine Coast Stadium (upgrade, 16,500)
Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba (upgrade, TBC)
Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville (existing, 25,000)
Barlow Park, Cairns (upgrade, TBC)
Sydney Football Stadium (under construction, 45,000)
AAMI Park, Melbourne (existing, 30,050)

Athletes will stay in one of two Olympic villages - a 14,000-bed Brisbane development that will be converted to housing after the Games, while existing hotels on the Gold Coast would supply a further 2000 beds.

Images: Concept for a new Brisbane Olympic Stadium at Albion Park (top, credit: Urbis), the Brisbane Aquatic Centre was purpose built for 1982 Commonwealth Games (middle, credit: Sleeman Sports Centre) and the Queensland Tennis Centre (below). 

 

 

My notes. So we have:
1 new stadium + 1 new aquatics center (even the proposed alternatives will need extensive upgrades which will be like contructing new facilities)
2 new big indoor arenas
North Ipswich Reserve
(if you mean this for Mod.Pentathlon) will need redevelopment + additional facilities nearby for the all the pentayhlon events (pool for examle)
Rowing venue + canoe slalom venue

Athletics, Ceremonies - Brisbane Olympic Stadium (new, 50,000 capacity). (Alternative venues: Metricon Stadium, Gabba)

Swimming, Water Polo - Brisbane Arena (new, 15,000). (Alternative venue: Gold Coast Aquatic Centre)

Basketball - Brisbane Indoor Sports Centre (new, 15,000).

Gymnastics - Chandler Indoor Sports Centre (new, 10,000)

Modern pentathlon - Ipswich Stadium (upgrade, 20,000)

Slalom Canoe - Redland Whitewater Centre (new, 8,000). (Alternative venue: Penrith Whitewater Stadium, NSW)

Rowing, Sprint Canoe - Larapinta Flatwater Centre (new, 14,000). (Alternative venue: Sydney International Regatta Centre, NSW)

 

Some questions. Also Brisbane aquatics center will need a capacity at least of 5000 seats and anna meares velodrome capacity with additional stands isnt more than 4,000 seats

? Diving, Artistic Swimming, Water Polo - Brisbane Aquatic Centre (existing, 4,300).

? Track Cycling, BMX racing - Anna Meares Velodrome (existing, 5,000)


And some points i disagree after searching info on venues.

 

1. Nissan arena i see has 5.000 seats no 6.000. Boxing needs at least 6.000 seats
2. Tennis main court must have at least 12.000 seats. I cant see how the existing can be expanded to that level. Also additional courts with seats must be built
3. Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre capacity is 5.500 seats. Judo/wrestling requirement is for 8.000 seats
4. Coomera Indoor Sports Centre capacity is 7500 seats. Volleyball requirement is 15.000 seats (at least for final phase)

 

Boxing - Nissan Arena (existing, 6,000)

Tennis - Queensland Tennis Centre (existing, 6,000)

Judo, Wrestling - Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre (existing, 7,500)

Volleyball - Coomera Indoor Sports Centre (existing, 11,000)

 

 

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10 minutes ago, George_D said:

1 new stadium + 1 new aquatics center (even the proposed alternatives will need extensive upgrades which will be like contructing new facilities)
2 new big indoor arenas

the proposal is that the new privately funded brisbane live venue will have a temp pool installed for the swimming.

 

12 minutes ago, George_D said:

. Nissan arena i see has 5.000 seats no 6.000. Boxing needs at least 6.000 seats

 

Nissan Arena has a capacity of 5000 in basketball / netball config. i am unsure how many they can reclaim by adding additonal seats but i suspect it is at a minimum 500

13 minutes ago, George_D said:

North Ipswich Reserve (if you mean this for Mod.Pentathlon) will need redevelopment + additional facilities nearby for the all the pentayhlon events (pool for examle)

it's not out of the realms of possibility that the north Ipswich reserve will get an upgrade anyway to NRL standard, should the Ipswich bid to join the NRL is sucessful over the redcliffe dolphins bid, which should be announced later this year

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21 minutes ago, George_D said:

1 new stadium + 1 new aquatics center (even the proposed alternatives will need extensive upgrades which will be like contructing new facilities)

There's no proposed aquatic centre.

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35 minutes ago, Tejas57 said:

the proposal is that the new privately funded brisbane live venue will have a temp pool installed for the swimming.

so new Brisbane Indoor Sports Centre for Basketball it would be a different arena than Brisbane Live? ok then we have 1 stadium and 3 big arenas from which one will be converted to a swimming pool

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2 minutes ago, ulu said:

It's still not an aquatic centre. It's basically a concert venue that they'll stick a temporary pool in like they did in Rod Laver Arena for World Champs in 2007 and in Vegas for the ISL Grand Final in 2019.

 

ok then but brisbane live was intended to be the basketball venue as i see from these links

https://www.austadiums.com/news/921/brisbane-2032-olympic-games-venues-revealed
https://www.austadiums.com/news/615/new-arenas-for-adelaide-and-brisbane-on-the-cards

if this transformed to a temporary pool then another big arena is needed for basketball. Brisbane venue plan has many questions, it isnt actually completed

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2 minutes ago, George_D said:

ok then but brisbane live was intended to be the basketball venue as i see from these links

https://www.austadiums.com/news/921/brisbane-2032-olympic-games-venues-revealed
https://www.austadiums.com/news/615/new-arenas-for-adelaide-and-brisbane-on-the-cards

if this transformed to a temporary pool then another big arena is needed for basketball. Brisbane venue plan has many questions, it isnt actually completed

The basketball arena is a different arena to the Brisbane Live arena (you can see a picture of the Brisbane Live arena for swimming in the IOC's feasibility document). I honestly think they should just use Brisbane Live for basketball and move the swimming to the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre but then I suspect they want give the swimming the best possible venue because it's our most successful sport by far.

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1 minute ago, ulu said:

The basketball arena is a different arena to the Brisbane Live arena (you can see a picture of the Brisbane Live arena for swimming in the IOC's feasibility document). I honestly think they should just use Brisbane Live for basketball and move the swimming to the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre but then I suspect they want give the swimming the best possible venue because it's our most successful sport by far.

an extensive upgrade of Gold Coast Aquatic Centre wouldnt be bad option however

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2 hours ago, George_D said:

an extensive upgrade of Gold Coast Aquatic Centre wouldnt be bad option however

If they go for the existing Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, then it will be the same set-up as for the Com Games with temporary grandstands.  Athens 2004 and Los Angeles 1984 also did this.

 IOC has noted in the Feasibility Assessment that Brisbane should: 

“Consider using Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 Optus Aquatics Centre instead”

This is in line with Agenda 2020 and New Norm reforms where use of existing facilities/temporary facilities is highly encouraged.

A temporary pool in the Brisbane Live complex for swimming and the existing Gold Coast Aquatic Centre with temporary grandstands for the remaining aquatic disciplines might be what they end up doing if they decide not to build a brand new aquatics centre.

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2 hours ago, George_D said:

ok then but brisbane live was intended to be the basketball venue as i see from these links

https://www.austadiums.com/news/921/brisbane-2032-olympic-games-venues-revealed
https://www.austadiums.com/news/615/new-arenas-for-adelaide-and-brisbane-on-the-cards

if this transformed to a temporary pool then another big arena is needed for basketball. Brisbane venue plan has many questions, it isnt actually completed

The IOC’s Feasibility Assessment Report shows the venue for Basketball is actually a new 15,000 seat venue called ‘Brisbane Indoor Sports Centre’.

However, the IOC Future Host Commission has inserted a note which says:

If Optus Aquatics Centre (Gold Coast) is used for swimming, could use planned Brisbane Arena for Basketball

So we should see made public in the coming weeks / months which way the Brisbane organisers have decided to go as these details are ironed out.

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Actually, in the IOC Feasibility Assessment, for Swimming and Water Polo only, there is a new venue listed called ‘Brisbane Arena’ with 15,000 seat capacity.

The Future Host Commission have inserted a note next it which reads:

Consider using Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 Optus Aquatics Centre instead

 [ for the aquatic disciplines of Diving, Artistic Swimming and Water Polo, the report lists the existing Brisbane Aquatics Centre with games capacity of 4,300 and permanent works required ]

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4 hours ago, George_D said:

From austadiums.com page

Nissan Arena
 
(The venue has a fixed seating capacity of 1,500 - this was boosted for the Commonwealth Games with 2,500 temporary seats installed.)
Coomera Indoor Sports Centre
Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre

 

For Boxing, the IOC Feasibility Assessment shows the State Netball Centre (Nissan Arena) with games capacity of 6,000.

As a boxing ring would sit in the middle of the existing netball court and so additional temporary ground level seating would cover most of the remaining floor area. 

The games capacity is listed as 6,000 so we  should soon have visibiltiy of those finer details.  Well, at least closer to the next full IOC session in July.

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5 hours ago, George_D said:

 

? Track Cycling, BMX racing - Anna Meares Velodrome (existing, 5,000)

And some points i disagree after searching info on venues.

1. Nissan arena i see has 5.000 seats no 6.000. Boxing needs at least 6.000 seats
2. Tennis main court must have at least 12.000 seats. I cant see how the existing can be expanded to that level. Also additional courts with seats must be built
3. Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre capacity is 5.500 seats. Judo/wrestling requirement is for 8.000 seats
4. Coomera Indoor Sports Centre capacity is 7500 seats. Volleyball requirement is 15.000 seats (at least for final phase)

 

Boxing - Nissan Arena (existing, 6,000)

Tennis - Queensland Tennis Centre (existing, 6,000)

Judo, Wrestling - Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre (existing, 7,500)

Volleyball - Coomera Indoor Sports Centre (existing, 11,000)

Cycling - Track / BMX Racing

IOC Feasibility Assessment report says permanent works required at existing Anna Meares Velodrome. Games capacity 5,000.

Boxing

Additional temporary ground level seats can be expected at games time to be installed around the boxing ring in the middle of the netball court.

Not confirmed but I imagine that the boxing setup will be traditonal with boxing ring in the centre, temporary flat seating surrounding that with existing grandstand seating behind that.

Tennis

IOC Feasibility Assessment shows that at the existing Queensland Tennis that permanent works are required for games capacities of:

Centre court: 6,000    Match Court 1:  4,000    Match Court 2:  2,000

The IOC appear to be ok with the proposed games capacities for tennis.

There are currently 12 additional courts besides the three above at the existing Queensland Tennis Centre.  It would be expected that at least some of these additional courts with temporary seating will be used for the preliminary rounds at games time.

Judo / Wrestling

The IOC appears happy in the Feasibility Assessment that at games time, the capacity will be 7,500 at the existing Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre.

Volleyball

The IOC appears happy in the Feasibility Assessment that at games time, the preliminary rounds capacities at the existing Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre will be 6,000 @ Arena and 5,000 @ Hall 3.

The IOC appears to be happy with the games capacity of 11,000 at the existing Coomera Indoor Sports Centre.

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7 hours ago, AustralianFan said:

Actually, in the IOC Feasibility Assessment, for Swimming and Water Polo only, there is a new venue listed called ‘Brisbane Arena’ with 15,000 seat capacity.

 

brisbane arena is the name they are using for what is being called in the press here "Brisbane Live"  - the concert venue built over the roma street rail yards

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1 hour ago, Tejas57 said:

brisbane arena is the name they are using for what is being called in the press here "Brisbane Live"  - the concert venue built over the roma street rail yards

Yep, you’re right, I should have added that in :)

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Governments must unite for Olympic Games

Here’s a stinging wake-up call to Brisbane’s powerbrokers – it’s time to get passionate about your city’s future and realise just how good you’ve got it, writes Peter Gleeson.

Credit: The Courier Mail

By Peter Gleeson

March 15, 2021 - 9:40AM

Brisbane locals don’t know how good they’ve got it and with the 2032 Olympics now highly likely, all three tiers of government must thrash out a funding model quickly to deliver on road and rail solutions over the next decade for southeast Queensland.

That’s the verdict from the man overseeing Star Entertainment’s massive multibillion-dollar investment in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Kiwi-born Geoff Hogg.

In a stinging wake-up call to city powerbrokers, Mr Hogg challenged Brisbane locals to be more passionate about the future of the state capital.

“The biggest and best advocates for Brisbane are people who have migrated here from overseas or interstate,’’ he told a Tattersall’s Club lunch.

“That really frustrates me. It takes people who have lived in other parts of the world to recognise just how brilliant this place is. From a tourism marketing perspective, we are being outdone by Sydney and Melbourne and that is not sustainable, especially if we do win the Olympics.”

“We have to market the southeast as a true holiday destination and the key to that is getting governments of all levels on-board to build the necessary road and rail projects before 2032.’’

Mr Hogg is right. The chance to host an Olympic Games is not about the two weeks of competition. It’s about expediting and unlocking much-needed infrastructure such as a heavy rail line between the Gold and Sunshine coasts.

It’s about a second M1, which is already stretched as the urban sprawl between the Gold Coast and Brisbane closes every year. Mr Hogg stressed the need for urgency in any discussions between local, state and federal agencies on infrastructure funding.

“It has to be done as soon as we get the (Olympics) green light,’’ he said. “We can’t wait four years. This is about making decisions that will change the face of the southeast for a generation. I can’t stress how important it is for politicians and bureaucrats to get on with the job straight away.’’

A decision on the Olympics could be as early as July. Star Entertainment has plenty of skin in the game. It is spending $3bn on the Queen’s Wharf project, which will transform the eastern side of the CBD and is on track for completion in December, 2022. It is also building more hotel rooms on the Gold Coast to accompany its Star Casino and The Darling Hotel.

Cross River Rail boss Graeme Newton spoke at the same lunch, saying the $5.5bn transport project was 30 per cent completed, with major underground works set to be done by the end of the year.

He said Brisbane Live, which would include a 19,000-seat stadium near Roma St, was now a vital component of the project mix. “I see Cross River Rail as one of the components of the mix to take Brisbane from an adolescent to an adult,’’ he said.

Other major projects included in that portfolio suite include Queen’s Wharf, the new Brisbane port and second airport runway, which would open up direct international flights with major cities once the borders are reopened.

Mr Newton said Cross River rail would adopt the European control system, meaning it could handle fast rail into the future.

The stars are aligning for Brisbane. It is fast emerging as one of the most liveable, modern cities in the world. If we get the Olympics, we must not squander that opportunity. 

Politicians and bureaucrats who don’t buy into that narrative should be swiftly sent packing.

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On 3/14/2021 at 2:41 AM, AustralianFan said:

If they go for the existing Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, then it will be the same set-up as for the Com Games with temporary grandstands.  Athens 2004 and Los Angeles 1984 also did this.

 IOC has noted in the Feasibility Assessment that Brisbane should: 

“Consider using Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 Optus Aquatics Centre instead”

This is in line with Agenda 2020 and New Norm reforms where use of existing facilities/temporary facilities is highly encouraged.

A temporary pool in the Brisbane Live complex for swimming and the existing Gold Coast Aquatic Centre with temporary grandstands for the remaining aquatic disciplines might be what they end up doing if they decide not to build a brand new aquatics centre.

in Athens we have an aquatics center with 2 pools. One indoor (6.200 seats) where water polo and diving were held  and one outdoor with 8.000 seats where swimming was held. So the biggest pool (for swimming events) wasnt temporay, it was just outdoor :D. Seats were there before the games and there were just some additional added for the games so as its capacity to be raised to 11.500 seats. The project was to be covered for the Olympics but IOC didnt demand it finally and it didnt happen

Indoor pool
https://www.wikiwand.com/el/Ολυμπιακό_Κέντρο_Υγρού_Στίβου_Αθηνών

Outdoor pool

https://www.oaka.com.gr/ολυμπιακό-κέντρο-υγρού-στίβου/ανοικτό-κολυμβητήριο/

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