Every four years, the world stops in awe of some of the best athletes that modern civilisation has to offer. Dating back to 1896, the Olympic Games host the creme de la creme of sporting talent in a different city each time it rolls around, and in 2032, that city will be our own, Brisbane. After winning the bid in 2021, Brisbane has another 10 years to shape up and get ready for the influx of athletes, sporting events and supporters. According to CBRE, there is going to be anywhere between an $800 million and $1.1 billion investment per year between 2027 and 2030, while the tourism sector is expecting to see a 130,000 rise in direct jobs. Economically, this is going to provide the whole nation with a massive boost – much needed after these unprecedented times. So, what’s Brisbane going to look like come the 2032 Olympic Games? What infrastructure is in the works for our humble river city? Read on to find out.
The Athletes Village is a must for every Olympic Games bid winner, and Brisbane is no expectation. The new Athletes Village will add to the existing Northshore Hamilton precinct, known for popular hospitality venues – Portside Wharf and Eat Street Markets. Hosting more than 10,000 athletes and officials for the Olympics, and more than 5,000 athletes and officials for the Paralympics, this build is on prime real estate in terms of proximity to the CBD and public transport options. After the Games, it is expected that the new development will become a diverse range of residential offerings including aged care and retirement homes. The Northshore Athletes Village will be one of two villages in Queensland, with the other being in Robina on the Gold Coast.
Brisbane Arena – Swimming, Water Polo
The Brisbane Arena is the next on Brisbane’s hit list of key developments. Popping up above Roma Street’s current underground train station, the Brisbane Arena is set to host approximately 15,000 spectators, and come with all of the bells and whistles you’d expect such as a public plaza next door, and a ‘Sky Lounge’ for functions when the space is not being used for events. It will host the swimming and water polo events thanks to a demountable swimming pool (we know, go figure that one!) that will be removed after the Games so that the venue can go on to host entertainment events, as well as sports such as basketball and netball.
Brisbane Indoor Sports Centre – Basketball
Set to be located somewhere between Albion and Herston, nearby to the existing Victoria Park complex, the new Indoor Sports Centre is proposed to be constructed between 2026 and 2028. It will host the basketball events during the Games and have a seating capacity of 12,000. Following the Olympic Games, the venue will become a 12-court facility and community sports hub, similar to the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre used for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Plus, on top of this new indoor sports centre, a number of existing sports centres such as the Chandler Arena and the Brisbane Aquatic Centre are getting world-class redevelopments.
Redland Whitewater Centre – Slalom Canoe
The Redland Whitewater Centre is the new proposed venue and is going to be purpose-built for the Canoe Slalom event. In a mixture of permanent and temporary grandstands, the venue will host an 8,000 seat capacity. This redevelopment is one of many game-changing venues that will continue to support our economy and Australian residents for years to come. After the Games, the Redland Whitewater Centre is expected to continue as a Whitewater Centre and adventure park, and act as a training ground for a number of emergency services. According to a Paddle Queensland representative, there is little to no way for homegrown talent to enjoy their sport locally right now, and this sports centre is going to change that.
Moreton Bay Indoor Sports Centre – Boxing
Last but not least, the fourth new development expected for the Olympic Games is the Moreton Bay Indoor Sports Centre. Located north of Brisbane’s CBD, this 9-court facility is proposed that the boxing events will be staged in the middle of the centre, and host about 7,000 spectators as well.
Redevelopments & Other Cities
We’ve listed four new developments coming to Brisbane for the Olympic Games – but that’s not all of them. There are plenty more developments happening in cities adjacent to Brisbane, like the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Ipswich, and there are even more existing stadiums and centres that are getting redevelopments. The most notable of them all? Brisbane’s Gabba, which is set to become the home of the 2032 Olympic Games, hosting the opening and closing ceremony.
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