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Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre

Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre

The new Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre is a key venue during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) and is seen as an important long-term legacy facility for the community. This venue will boost the economy by attracting elite high-performance training camps and major events to the Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre holds 5,350 permanent spectator seats and is designed to cater to a mix of elite and community uses. Early construction works commenced in February 2015 and were completed in April 2017.

The venue includes two sports halls with mixed-use sports courts that will host the Badminton, Powerlifting, Wrestling and Weightlifting competitions during GC 2018. The indoor sports halls are connected by a public plaza, allowing easy access to the change rooms and amenities, and also the meeting and function rooms. In addition, elite outdoor sports fields are located behind the venue and were included in the project budget

The centre incorporates a number of sustainability initiatives including approximately 280 solar panels in the roof of hall two (totalling 125kW output) and high efficiency LED lighting in use throughout the venue.

Key venue stats

Building footprint area of 16,500 m2

$105 million

Total cost of construction: $105 million

460 underground car park spaces

The managing contractor was Hansen Yuncken and the architect was BVN Donovan Hill

18,000 m2

The building comprises of 1,000 insulated wall panels and 18,000 m2 of roof sheeting

Stakeholder Partners


Events held during Commonwealth Games

The following events were held at this venue:


Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre

Nerang-Broadbeach Road,
Carrara QLD 4211

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Legacy sports held at venue

The following sports are played at this venue:

Fast facts

Wrestlers are awarded points based on the following moves: Exposure (2 or 3 points), Reversal (1 point) and Takedown (2 to 5 points)

A Clean and Jerk weightlift involves lifting the barbell from the ground to the competitor’s shoulders in one motion, and then from the shoulders to the overhead position. A Snatch weightlift involves lifting the barbell from the floor to the overhead position in one motion.

A badminton shuttlecock weights between 4.7 and 5.5 grams

Nigerian Powerlifter Paul Kehinde is a Paralympic and Commonwealth Games champion, who also holds the world record in the Mens 65 kg weight class with 220 kg lifted.


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

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