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Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

With six pools, a 600-square-metre gymnasium, a dry land dive training facility, and over 330,000 visitors annually, the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre (GCAC) is an international-standard facility that plays host to swimming, diving, synchronised swimming, water polo and underwater hockey.

Delivered three years ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the venue is already proving to be a record-breaking venue with the likes of global swimming stars Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky each setting new world records during the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships held at GCAC.

The GCAC will host 60 medal events during the Games, split between swimming and diving, and its permanent seating capacity of 1,000 will temporarily expand to 12,500.

Key venue stats

$41 million

Upgraded venue was opened in June 2014, officially opened in September 2014 and delivered within budget at $41 million

The six pools include a 50-metre, 10-lane competition pool and a 50-metre, 8-lane training pool

GCAC hosted 60 medal events during the Games (10 diving and 50 swimming)

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Events held during Commonwealth Games

The following events were held at this venue: 

Location

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

Marine Parade,
Southport QLD 4125

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Fast facts

The six pools contain a combined total of 8.9 million litres of water, or enough water to meet the demands of an average Australian for 145 years

The pools are heated to a minimum of 27° Celsius all year round

There are 4,692 cubic metres of concrete in the pools and 4,621 square metres of tiles

Divers jumping from the 10-metre platform hit the water at 55 km/h. They can practise their technique beforehand in the on-site dry land dive training facility

The centre was designed to complement the Broadwater Parklands Master Plan, developed by Gold Coast City Council

Before the aquatic centre was built in the 1960s, the Southport Olympic Swimming Club used sea baths nearby. The club celebrates its centenary in 2017

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 supports jobs growth over 10 years
  • Queensland businesses experience significant economic uplift
  • 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 GCAC redevelopment created an estimated 130 jobs during construction, with more than 90% of organisations involved in the project based in South East Queensland
  • The centre is highly water-efficient, with advanced filtration systems reducing the amount of waste water by 90%, or 14 million litres of water per year
  • Energy-saving design and materials have saved the centre approximately $120,000 in water, heating and chemicals, as well as 54 tonnes of greenhouse gases (source Department of State Development, Queensland Government)

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