Brisbane 2032 planned with modest budget

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The Gabba and Brisbane Live Arena key developments for Olympics Image: The Gabba

With Brisbane’s successful bid to host the XXXV Olympiad, emphasis has been laid to tighten the purse strings and not go on a splurge spree as has happened with Australia holding previous two editions of the Games. A message has been sent out to make use of the existing facilities, with the rebuilding of the Gabba and the new Brisbane Live arena looking set to be the key developments for the 2032 Games hosting.

The ‘Australasian Leisure Management’ stated that the Brisbane 2032 Master Plan includes 32 venues within South-East Queensland for the 28 Olympic sports, located in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

The 2032 Summer Olympics (officially known as the Games of the XXXV Olympiad) and the 2032 Summer Paralympics, both colloquially referred to as Brisbane 2032, are two upcoming international multisport events scheduled to take place from July 23rd to August 8th, 2032 and August 24th to September 5th, 2032, respectively, in the Cities of Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland, Australia.

With the bid team having planned a Games that will break-even, Brisbane’s initial proposal pitched as many as seven new venues being built, with the potential to reduce to just two new venues.

As Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk advised, “We already have 85 percent of the venues at the moment. It’s a new norm, which means it’s a game changer.”

The ‘Australasian Leisure Management’ further stated that with initial documents having considered several options for the main Games venue, a rebuilt 50,000-capacity Gabba will now host athletics events and the opening and closing ceremonies, while the planned new Brisbane Live development, to be located above the City’s Roma Street Station, will host swimming competitions.

The 42,000-capacity Brisbane Cricket Ground, commonly known as the Gabba, is a major sports stadium in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, Australia. The nickname Gabba derives from the suburb of Woolloongabba, in which it is located.

The planned Brisbane Live Arena is set to transform Brisbane’s Central Business District (CBD). Located at a key CBD transit hub, a new 18,000-seat entertainment arena complex will soon be constructed serviced by underground rail and busway infrastructure.

First proposed by AEG Ogden (now ASM Global) in 2016, the Brisbane Live development, referred to as the Brisbane Arena in bid documents, is a $2 billion development that plans to make use of previously unused space over Roma Street station (which links to railway networks connecting with much of Queensland) and includes a 17,000-seat indoor arena and a 4,000-capacity live music venue, along with cinemas, restaurants and bars.

In Olympics mode, it would have a temporary 50 meter event pool installed, as was done at Melbourne’s 14,820-capacity Rod Laver Arena for the 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships.

Having previously expressed some frustrations at the slow pace of the Queensland Government’s approval process for the development, Harvey Lister, Chairman and Chief Executive of ASM Global (Asia Pacific), was pleased as Punch on hearing the news of landing the 2030 Games and exulted, “The concept for the new venue is now locked in”, noting that “there will be technical issues and contracts to agree with Games delivery authority but we can now look forward to developing a venue that will serve not only for the Olympics but for the City of Brisbane as it expands into the future.”

Lister also noted that Gary Thomas, ASM Global (Asia Pacific)’s Manager Design and Technical – International Projects, had been involved with the temporary pool project for Melbourne’s 2007 FINA World Championships.

Among other Games venues the Brisbane Indoor Sports Centre will host basketball, a new 10,000-capacity Chandler Indoor Sports Centre would come up in place of the existing Chandler Arena to host gymnastics while the traditional home of Queensland Rugby, Ballymore, currently being redeveloped, would host a hockey venue.

The main athletes’ village will be built on prime Brisbane waterfront real estate at Hamilton, with smaller accommodation options on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Kooralbyn near the rowing venue.

Confident that the hosting will not see a repeat of mistakes made at past Olympics, Brisbane Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner, maintained, “One of the things in other (Host) Cities that often create cost pressure is an accelerated timeframe. We have 11 years to prepare for the Games and to be ready – that’s a really strong position to be in.”

Not only will Brisbane’s Olympics expand to the entire South-East Queensland, football will also be played at Cairns and Townsville in North Queensland as well as Sydney and Melbourne.

Venues’ checklist



  • The Gabba (rebuild, 50,000-capacity) – athletics, ceremonies;
  • Brisbane Arena (new, 15,000) – swimming, water polo;
  • Brisbane Aquatic Centre (existing, 4,300) – diving, artistic swimming, water polo;
  • South Bank Culture Forecourt (temporary, 4,000) -archery;
  • Brisbane Indoor Sports Centre (new) – basketball;
  • South Bank Piazza (existing, 4,500) – 3×3 basketball;
  • Anna Meares Velodrome (existing, 5,000) – track cycling, BMX racing;
  • Victoria Park (temporary, 5,000/25,000) – freestyle BMX, cross country equestrian;
  • Brisbane Showgrounds (existing, 15,000) – equestrian;
  • Suncorp Stadium (existing, 52,500) – Rugby Sevens, football (finals);
  • Chandler Indoor Sports Centre (rebuild, 10,000) -gymnastics;
  • Ballymore Stadium (upgrade, 10,000) – hockey;
  • Brisbane International Shooting Centre (existing, 2,000) – shooting;
  • Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (existing, 6,500) – table tennis, fencing, taekwondo, badminton;
  • Royal Queensland Golf Club (existing, 15,000) – golf;
  • Redland Whitewater Centre (new, 8,000) – slalom canoe;
  • Brisbane Entertainment Centre (existing, 11,000) -handball;
  • Moreton Bay Indoor Sports Centre (new) – boxing;
  • Ipswich Stadium (under construction, 10,000) – modern pentathlon;
  • Lake Wyaralong (existing) – rowing, sprint canoe;
  • Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (existing, 10,000) -sailing; and
  • Queensland Tennis Centre (existing, 6,000) – tennis.


Gold Coast

  • Broadbeach Park Stadium (temporary, 12,000) – beach volleyball;
  • Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast (existing, 27,400) – football (preliminaries);
  • Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre (existing, 7,500) – judo, wrestling;
  • Broadwater Parklands (temporary 5,000) – triathlon, marathon swim;
  • Coomera Indoor Sports Centre (existing, 11,000) – volleyball; and
  • Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (existing, 6,000) – weightlifting, volleyball.


Sunshine Coast

  • Sunshine Coast Stadium (upgrade, 16,500) – football (preliminaries);
  • Sunshine Coast Indoor Sports Centre (new, 6,000) – basketball (preliminaries);
  • Alexandra Headland (temporary, 5,000) – road cycling, race walking, kiteboarding, keelboat sailing;
  • Sunshine Coast Mountain Bike Park (existing, 10,000) – mountain biking; and
  • Redeveloped Sunshine Coast Stadium.


Other Locations

  • Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville (existing, 25,000) – football (preliminaries);
  • Barlow Park, Cairns (upgrade) – football (preliminaries);
  • Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba (upgrade) -football (preliminaries);
  • Sydney Football Stadium, NSW (under construction, 45,000) – football; and
  • AAMI Park, Melbourne (existing, 30,050) – football.

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