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Broadbeach Bowls Club

The Broadbeach Bowls Club is the Gold Coast's premier lawn bowls facility and will play host to the Commonwealth’s best Bowls players during the Games.

To make the venue ready for the Games and other high-profile competitions, the club was significantly upgraded between 2015 and 2016. The clubhouse and its surrounds were redeveloped. Four bowling greens were upgraded to international standard and venue lighting was installed over two of the greens.   

The club’s upgrade has also benefited the local community, with people of all ages using the facility to meet and socialise.  

Over 2,000 people visit the club every week and its reputation as a first-class venue has resulted in the club being chosen for numerous international competitions, including:

  • 2016 World Junior Bowls Championships (host venue)
  • 2017 Australian Open of Bowls (venue)
  • 2020 World Bowls Championships (co-hosting venue).

The club will host 10 medal events during the Games, and its temporary seating capacity will be 2,500.

Key venue stats

Four million dollars

Cost of upgrade: $4 million

Managing contractors were Condev Construction, All About Pumps and Hawley Constructions. Architect was Hamilton Hayes Henderson

Stakeholder Partners

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Events held during Commonwealth Games

The following Commonwealth Games event was held at this venue:

Location

Broadbeach Bowls Club

163 Surf Parade,
Broadbeach QLD 4218

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Legacy sports held at venue

Employment, environment and sustainability

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will transform the Gold Coast and Queensland by creating benefits for our communities before, during and after the 11 days of competition. These are the employment, environment and sustainability benefits that this project will bring to Queenslanders both within the Gold Coast and across our state:

  • The clubhouse’s redevelopment included water-efficient fixtures, solar panels and energy-efficient LED lighting
  • 10 jobs were created during the redevelopment of the club and six additional staff have been employed by the club in hospitality, management and customer-service roles
  • Successfully hosting major national and international bowls events increases tourism-related revenue for local businesses across the Gold Coast.

Fast Facts

Bowls can be black or brown in colour, weigh no more than 1.5 kg and are between 12 and 14.5 cm in diameter

Bowls has been included in every Commonwealth Games, with the exception of the 1966 Games in Jamaica

The Southampton Old Bowling Green club in England is recognised as having the world’s oldest bowling green, which was laid in 1299.

Benefits

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will transform the Gold Coast and Queensland by creating benefits for our communities before, during and after the 11 days of competition. These are the benefits that this project will bring to Queenslanders both within the Gold Coast and across our state:

  • GC2018 creates opportunities for permanent legacy benefits from infrastructure improvements, including the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2
  • GC2018 is leveraged to support the sport and recreation industry to better cater for active communities from grass roots to high performance
  • GC2018 supports jobs growth over 10 years
  • Queensland businesses experience significant economic uplift

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