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Carrara Stadium

Carrara Stadium will host the perfect blend of sport and celebration during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The venue will not only host memorable Opening and Closing Ceremonies, but also track and field events.


On 4 April 2018, the venue will host an Opening Ceremony that will be spectacular and uplifting with surprising moments of theatre, breathtaking visual effects, dancing and music. Eleven days later, the Closing Ceremony will deliver a fitting tribute to the remarkable athletic feats, extraordinary teamwork and marvellous community participation shown throughout the games.

Between the ceremonies, Carrara Stadium will be the venue for athletics events, where fans can experience the tension and excitement of elite level competition.

The $6 million investment has provided permanent lighting upgrades to meet international broadcast requirements for the Games. This includes the refurbishment and repainting of six tower head frames and the addition of 468 new energy-saving light fittings on the tower head frames and under the stadium roof. The new technology will result in less maintenance, reduced energy requirements, and the flicker-free design will enhance the broadcast quality, particularly for slow-motion cameras.


The transition of the stadium from Australian Football ground to athletics stadium will occur in late 2017, with the installation of a temporary 400-metre track compliant with International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) certifications and additional seating to increase the venue’s capacity from 25,000 to 35,000. Other improvements to Carrara Stadium’s facilities are scheduled for completion during 2017 including significant lighting upgrades around the stadium. These enhancements will complement the existing facilities, which include corporate hospitality and function rooms, media facilities (including commentary and broadcast booths and press conference rooms) and athlete change facilities.

Once the Games have ended, the stadium will revert to its existing function as the home of the Gold Coast Suns Australian Football Team.

Key venue stats

Hosted events that attracted 166,646 persons to the venue in 2015/16

Gold Coast Suns Australian Football Team is the venue’s main tenant

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Events held during Commonwealth Games

The following event was held at this venue:

Location

Carrara Stadium

Corner Alabaster Dr and Nerang-Broadbeach Road,
Carrara QLD 4211

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Legacy sports held at venue

Fast facts

A track sprinter is disqualified if their reaction time at the start of the race is less than 0.10 of a second

Poles used for elite level pole vaulting are made of carbon fibre. Previous materials have included wood, bamboo or aluminium fibreglass

Men competing in the Shot Put event throw a shot weighing 7.26 kg while the women’s shot weighs 4 kg

The 3,000 metre steeplechase is one of the most demanding athletic events in track and field. Each competitor must jump 28 ordinary barriers and 7 water jumps

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 initiative 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

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 stadium is energy-efficient, with on-site solar panels generating approximately 275,000 Kilowatt hours annually
  • Designed to cater for a range of elite competition, events and community activities
  • Attracts tourists to the Gold Coast through hosting events recognised nationally and internationally.

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