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Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Recognised nationally as a premier convention and exhibition centre through multiple awards, certifications and certificates for excellence, the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre is the city’s premier exhibition venue and the largest regional convention centre in Australia.

Completed in 2004, the venue comprises an arena which will be used for Basketball and Netball events during the Games, and 6,000 m2 of exhibition space, which will house the Games Media Centre.

The capacity and flexibility of the centre makes it an ideal host for sport and media organisations during the Games, with no major or permanent upgrades required.  


Key venue stats

Opened in June 2004 at a cost of $167 million

Owned by the Queensland Government and managed by the Star Entertainment Group

Centrally located at Broadbeach, with easy access to public transport, accommodation and beaches

Set amongst 2000 m2 of parklands and external space

Designed to cater for a variety of events, ranging from 10 people to thousands

Stakeholder Partners

Events held during Commonwealth Games

The following events were held at this venue:


Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

2684-2690 Gold Coast Hwy,
Broadbeach QLD 4218

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Sports held at venue

The following sports are held at this venue:

Fast facts

The basket height for Netball and Basketball is 3.05 metres (10 feet)

A netball court (30.5 metres x 15.25 metres) is wider and longer than a basketball court (28 metres by 15 metres)

Basketball returns to the Commonwealth Games after a 12 year absence. Australia won both the men’s and women’s events at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games

Over 967,000 Australians play Basketball, while 960,000 are registered netball players.


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:

  • 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

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