Gold Coast crews are working hard to finish the redevelopment of the centrepiece for next year’s Commonwealth Games – Carrara Stadium. And Games security procedures are being transformed as well.
Bryce Heaton reports.
Of all the Commonwealth Games venues, this is the crown jewel.
Perched on the banks of the Nerang River, Carrara Stadium will be the world’s first impressions of the Gold Coast Games, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies.
With potentially one billion watching on and thousands in attendance, the State Government is pledging to protect everyone that walks through the gates.
Kate Jones, Tourism Minister: “We’ve worked really closely not only with the Queensland Police but also the Australian Defence Services and ASIO to make sure that we have the security measures in place.”
100 million Queensland taxpayer dollars will go towards counter-terror measures at the Games, with eight million set aside for security at the venues.
Annastacia Palaszczuk, Queensland Premier: “This is about people’s safety and security and there is nothing more important.”
Carrara Stadium’s shiny facade hides a rich sporting history, rebuilt from scratch in 2009 specifically for the games.
The Gold Coast Suns benefitted too, the ground allowing them to secure an AFL licence.
But now it’s going under the knife again, with plenty to do before April.
Well right now crews are hard at work replacing the old footy field with a brand new athletics track, they’ve also removed the scoreboard in preparation for the temporary stand that will be installed to bring the capacity of the ground up to 35,000.
One issue that can arise after large one-off events is venue legacy.
A situation Stadiums Queensland must carefully monitor.
Assoc. Prof. Danny O’Brien, Event Management Expert: “Well when that was built um yeah that was state of the art but as we know with technology what’s state of the art today is obsolete tomorrow.”
But with the Gold Coast Suns as tenants and an active community surrounding it, it’s unlikely the venue will face such problems.
Assoc. Prof. Danny O’Brien, Event Management Expert: “I don’t think there will be. I think it’s been well planned, it’s been well thought out, I think there will be utilisation of the venues afterwards.”
The work won’t stop once the Games end with the stadium having to be revamped to be fit for the AFL.
But not before memories are made, and records are broken.
Bryce Heaton, QUT News.