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..... following on from the breaking GABBA news and photos on the previous page this morning, more media reports are starting to emerge about this ...

Gabba to get $1bn Olympic-sized transformation

More than $1 billion will be spent totally redeveloping Brisbane’s Gabba to make it a centrepoint for the proposed 2032 Olympics. 

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By Jessica Marszalek State Political Editor

20 April 2021

 

The historic Gabba would be totally redeveloped at a cost of more than $1bn to become a beacon for Brisbane under a new plan for the 2032 Olympics and Paralympic Games.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will today reveal more of the state’s vision for the Games, with The Gabba set to be transformed as the event’s main stadium to host the athletics and opening and closing ceremonies should the bid be successful, pushing out its 42,000-seat capacity to host 50,000 people.

A plaza would be built between the new Cross River Rail station and The Gabba, which could be used in its own right as a concert space and a place for medal presentations after events. 

And nearby parkland would be commandeered for athlete warm-up facilities, with golf buggies or similar vehicles used to whip competitors to the stadium via a VIP corridor.

It is understood the plan would cost more than $1bn, but final costings have not been determined because the design is not yet finalised.

Ms Palaszczuk said it was fitting that the historic stadium play a centrepoint for Brisbane’s bid to host the Games.

“Every Games needs a home,” the Premier said.

“The Gabba has been home to our sport since 1895. A home for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games could be its crowning glory.”

The plan supplants previous thoughts around the possibility of building a new stadium at Albion, with The Gabba far more central for Games visitors and a more central link between the city, Suncorp Stadium and other spectator centres via walkways and public transport.

That would allow the Games to be celebrated across the city backdrop, with visitors able to enjoy events whether in the stadium or not.
 

“I can see the river lined with people watching big screens all taking part in the fun and excitement of the Games,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“There’s South Bank leading to West End which is connected to Roma Street via the Kurilpa Bridge with a new bridge under construction for the new Queen’s Wharf development. There are City Cats offering even more options for transport.

“All of this is infrastructure we already have.”

Games organisers are looking for transformational, legacy projects for bid cities that will be used long into the future under their “new norm” rules, rather than white-elephant projects that would be under-utilised after the Games.

They also want the host cities themselves to be the stars of the games, rather than interesting but costly and useless infrastructure.

Sport Minister and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Olympics Stirling Hinchliffe described The Gabba as “a workhorse, not a white elephant”. “It’s used on average for 40 weeks of the year with major sports played in summer and winter including international sport,” he said.

Brisbane stadium designing firm Populous have provided concept designs for the possible upgrade, and director Chris Paterson said it was an opportunity to complement Brisbane’s world-class rectangular Suncorp Stadium with a world-class round stadium.

The Gabba would join Cairns, Townsville, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast as Games venue hosts, with 85 per cent already built.

The announcement comes after Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates spoke with state ministers at a Cabinet meeting in Brisbane yesterday, where the Cabinet officially endorsed the government position to support the 2032 Olympics. But Ms Palaszczuk said the endorsement was contingent on “guarantees” that need to be made by the federal government.

“I’ve already had a discussion with the Prime Minister,” the Premier said.

“We’ll be talking extensively about that over the coming weeks because we have very strict timelines that we need to meet. 

“So we want to keep our preferred status there with the targeted dialogue.”

Ms Palaszczuk talked up the Games bid, saying it gave Queenslanders hope for the future following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As you can appreciate, we are basically doing years and months of work in a very short time frame to meet the deadlines that the IOC has set us,” she said.

“It’s a very exciting time for Queensland.

“So 2032, all the eyes of the world will be on us.”

It’s predicted that securing the Games would create more than 100,000 new jobs and priceless international tourism exposure, and install concrete deadlines for governments to build the roads and rail the growing southeast needs.

Brisbane was named by the International Olympic Committee as the preferred candidate to host the 2032 Olympic Games in February, opening up a “targeted dialogue” with Queensland’s bid committee and the Australian Olympic Committee.

Queensland’s bid, formally lodged in September 2019, could go to a vote as early as the Tokyo Olympics.

with Jack McKay

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33 minutes ago, ulu said:

This is great and eliminates the prospect of a white elephant stadium which was really the biggest problem to be solved. 

Exactly, great legacy use and more central to the host city CBD than any Olympic Games in living memory.

Interesting too that the warm-up athletics track will be at Raymond Park, 400 metres away along Duke Street. 

Looks a covered walkway too along Duke Street for the athletes to get to the stadium for the Opening Ceremony.

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Gabba earmarked to be 'home' of 2032 Olympic Games if Brisbane bid successful

The Gabba is set to become the centrepiece of the 2032 Olympic Games, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies and athletics, if Brisbane's bid to be the host city is successful.

By state political reporter Rachel Riga


20 April 2021

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Gabba to be centrepiece of 2032 Games if Brisbane bid successful

The Gabba stadium is slated for a AUS$1 billion (US$777 million) rebuild before hosting the opening and closing ceremonies as part of Brisbane's bid for the 2032 Olympics, officials said on Tuesday.

20 April 2021

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Gabba revamp details sought ahead of federal funding decision

A top-level authority similar to the body that drove preparations for the successful Sydney Olympics is likely to oversee major projects, including the $1 billion Gabba stadium redevelopment, for any 2032 Brisbane Games.

But the Morrison government wants more details before it will agree to cover half the cost of plans – released by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Tuesday – to raise the stadium height and capacity limit.

By Matt Dennien   April 20, 2021

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Gabba set for $1bn upgrade with Olympic bid win 

Brisbane's iconic venue could get a huge upgrade should the IOC hand the 2032 Summer games to the Queensland capital.

20 April 2021

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A new stadium for Brisbane is soooo neded, but paying $1bn for a 50k stadium? Isn't that a bit too expensive for an stadium that small?, even Perth's Optus Stadium which had the same cost, has 15k more seats

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4 minutes ago, Chris_Mex said:

A new stadium for Brisbane is soooo neded, but paying $1bn for a 50k stadium? Isn't that a bit too expensive for an stadium that small?, even Perth's Optus Stadium which had the same cost, has 15k more seats

I think the very tight space that the Gabba occupies amongst existing residential and commericial properties means expansion is limited.  Crowds exiting the Gabba literally spill out straight on to the surrounding streets 

The capacity of Perth’s Optus Stadium is actually 60,000 so only 10,000 more than the Gabba Olympic Stadium will be.  Perth’s Stadium was built on wide open land and a golf course so loads of space to spread out.

Also very tight space surrounding the Gabba means that the new raised large pedestrian plaza will add to the cost but create a nice entertainment space while also safely allowing the movement crowds along to the Cross River Rail station.

The Gabba will need to be demolished before it rises again bigger and better so that add to the cost as well.

I understand also that the new Gabba Stadium will be closer to the host city CBD 2kms away than any other Summer Olympic Games in history.  

 

 

 

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Rebuilt Gabba proposed as focal venue of Brisbane 2032

Brisbane's The Gabba stadium looks set to be demolished and rebuilt as the centerpiece of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, at a cost of AUD$1 billion (£556 million/$778 million/$645 million). 

By Dan Palmer

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

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This is so exciting!!! 

They went with the Gabba because of public transport.

I do think though that 50,000 capacity for the main stadium is a bit low.

Regardless of the Olympics, Brisbane are screaming out for a brand new state of the art circular stadium to compete against their counterparts. Adelaide and Perth have great stadiums and now it is Brisbane's turn. Sometimes there are talks of Olympic Stadiums becoming white elephants- no need to worry here. It will still host cricket and football (maybe even attract new events too!)

I do have a few concerns though. If it is only going to be 50000, are they better off having the ceremonies at Suncorp that hold an extra 2,000? I would have been thinking they should at least expand the Gabba to 60,000 for the games. Also, this new pedestrian plaza they are building, will this be the only entry into the stadium? If so, it will get congested very easy.

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4 hours ago, Victorian said:

This is so exciting!!! 

They went with the Gabba because of public transport.

I do think though that 50,000 capacity for the main stadium is a bit low.

Regardless of the Olympics, Brisbane are screaming out for a brand new state of the art circular stadium to compete against their counterparts. Adelaide and Perth have great stadiums and now it is Brisbane's turn. Sometimes there are talks of Olympic Stadiums becoming white elephants- no need to worry here. It will still host cricket and football (maybe even attract new events too!)

I do have a few concerns though. If it is only going to be 50000, are they better off having the ceremonies at Suncorp that hold an extra 2,000? I would have been thinking they should at least expand the Gabba to 60,000 for the games. Also, this new pedestrian plaza they are building, will this be the only entry into the stadium? If so, it will get congested very easy.

Yes great news, fantastic location too.

I was thinking about the raised pedestrian plaza too and looking forward to seeing more design details. Wondering also if it will be a wrap around the entire stadium and how wide it will be.

Wondering also on Opening Ceremony night about the design of the covered walkway for athletes along Duke Street from the warm-up track to be located in Raymond Park 400 metres away.

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3 hours ago, TorchbearerSydney said:

Q: I understand also that the new Gabba Stadium will be closer to the host city CBD 2kms away than any other Summer Olympic Games in history.  

The MCG is about a 1km?

Tokyo and Barcelona would be about 1-2km (depending where you measure it from).

You’re right, the G is very close to Melbourne’s cbd.

Barcelona’s is quite close too and a little bit more of a walk.

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2 hours ago, AustralianFan said:

I was thinking about the raised pedestrian plaza too and looking forward to seeing more design details. Wondering also if it will be a wrap around the entire stadium and how wide it will be.


 

I hope it does. As someone who goes to the Gabba almost weekly (Go Lions!) having a raised pedestrian plaza makes a lot of sense. 
 

The biggest problem with the Gabba is that for people to access the stadium from the bus stop they need to cross a major road. This redevelopment will fix this. 

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1 hour ago, Tejas57 said:


 

I hope it does. As someone who goes to the Gabba almost weekly (Go Lions!) having a raised pedestrian plaza makes a lot of sense. 
 

The biggest problem with the Gabba is that for people to access the stadium from the bus stop they need to cross a major road. This redevelopment will fix this. 

Yes true. The quick fly-through of the design above seems to suggest some sort of wrap-around pedestrian walkway.

Well I guess the countdown is now on for the 138th IOC Session in July when the final vote is expected.

Between now and then, I hope these venue announcements keep coming.

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Cricket and AFL welcome the Gabba’s Olympic leap

Cricket and AFL are ecstatic with the Queensland government’s plan to transform the Gabba into the main stadium for a 2032 Brisbane Olympics but are still coming to grips with the impact of years of construction.

The Gabba had a capacity of 42,000, but that dropped back to 36,000 when new electric scoreboards were installed in the venue’s most recent upgrade.

By Tony Moore     April 21, 2021

Credit: Brisbane Times - click to read more

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Palaszczuk calls on Federal Government to back 2032 Olympics bid

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is looking for “a whole range of guarantees” from the Federal Government as it looks to shore up its position as the “preferred” host of the 2032 Olympic Games.

The state wants the Commonwealth to finalise guarantees to progress its bid for the Games after being given front runner status by the International Olympic Committee earlier in the year.

21 April, 2021


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