Gabba set to be ‘home’ for 2032 Olympics if Brisbane bid is successful
The Gabba is poised to become the centerpiece of the 2032 Olympics, hosting the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and athletics, if Brisbane’s bid to be the host city is successful.
- Southeast Queensland set to host 2032 Olympics
- La Gabba is scheduled to host the opening and closing ceremonies
- Stadium upgrades would increase capacity and create a pedestrian plaza
Southeast Queensland is set to host the 2032 Summer Olympics and Paralympics following the Brisbane International Olympic Committee (IOC) nomination of its preferred bid in February.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the stadium would likely be upgraded to increase capacity from 42,000 to 50,000 spectators and predicted the redevelopment would cost “around $ 1 billion”.
“Every game needs a home,” she said.
“La Gabba has been the cradle of our sport since 1895.
“A home for the 2032 Olympics could be his crowning glory.”
Ms Palaszczuk told ABC News Breakfast that the Gabba would be “completely rebuilt and resurrected and that would be sensational.”
“We had some of the best Olympic Architects in the Populous world come up with this design and it’s phenomenal,” she said.
“It’s so exciting. Yesterday the Cabinet couldn’t believe what they were seeing. They checked it off, they approved it and today we’re making sure the rest of the nation can see it. “
The upgrade would include a new pedestrian plaza connecting the stadium to the new Woolloongabba Cross River Rail station, which is currently under construction.
Ms Palaszczuk said the plaza could turn the area into a games center and could be used to host concerts and medal presentations.
“I can see the river lined with people watching big screens, all participating in the fun and excitement of the games,” she said.
“There is South Bank leading to the 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 CityCats that offer even more transportation options.
“All of this is an infrastructure that we already have.”
Ms Palaszczuk said the upgrades would require continued support from all levels of government, including the Commonwealth.
Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the announcement was “very consistent with what the IOC has said, and also consistent with what we have said, namely to use existing sites”.
He told ABC Radio Brisbane that Gabba has needed an upgrade for some time.
“The Olympics is the project that will bring this to light,” he said.
“Few cities have a stadium so close to the CBD and so accessible with multiple forms of transportation – there are so many boxes it ticks.”
Cr Schrinner said that a capacity of 50,000 was a “good sweet spot” unlike the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games stadium, which they “have very rarely been able to fill since”.
“Getting these upgraded facilities for the Olympics is the outcome we all want to see. These are things that we will need on an ongoing basis. That’s why we are not building a 100,000 seat stadium.”
La Gabba would join 19 existing reserved venues for the Games. They include sites in Cairns, Townsville, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.
Nearby residents welcome the redevelopment
Michael Arndt, a resident of Woolloongabba, told the ABC that he believes upgrading the stadium will be good for the region.
“The Gabba is in desperate need of renovations,” he said.
Brad Francis liked the idea of having the world’s best athletes on his doorstep, but both residents were aware that the rebuild would create more traffic and noise.
“We already have a lot with the traffic and the events at Gabba, so it would be a frustration, but the opportunity to see some of the best athletes in the world, most people, I’m sure, would allow that,” Mr. Francis said.
He also had a child who attends the 122-year-old East Brisbane State School, located in the shadow of the Gabba.
While the state government is committed to saving the school’s heritage buildings, there is no decision yet on whether teachers and students will need to relocate.
His compatriot Scott Mouat is eager to know how the school will be affected.
“I guess there will be a lot of road closures,” he said.
“They are going to organize a major international event right next to a small local elementary school.
“It will be disappointing if the school itself moves, but this is a very upcoming area and there are more and more people so the school has to grow somehow. .
A final decision on Brisbane’s bid is expected to be made as early as July, before Tokyo 2021.
If Brisbane is selected, it will be the first Olympic Games to be hosted in Oceania in over 30 years.
The Queensland 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Task Force found that the Games could create around 130,000 direct jobs and tens of thousands of indirect jobs, especially in tourism.
In his assessment of the value proposition, he estimated the economic benefits of the Games to the state to be approximately $ 7.4 billion, with “social and community benefits” lasting for two decades.