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BUILD UP TO THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES Temporary structures play an increasingly important role at major sports events. Tom Walker looks at how the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will deploy them this April


year’s Games will rely heavily on existing venues,

n April, Australia will host the

bringing them up to elite competition

Commonwealth Games for the fifth time

standard has involved a redevelopment

in the event’s 106-year history. The Games, which kicks off on 4 April,

programme driven by Queensland’s state

will see a total of 70 nations and

government. In total, AU$320m has been

territories battle for medals at 17

spent on the three new venues and the

venues across Queensland’s Gold

general upgrading of existing venues.

Coast during 11 days of competition.


Gold Coast was awarded the Games

At the heart of the delivery of the Games,

in 2011 and its successful bid was partly

however, is a plethora of temporary

down to the region’s existing sporting

structures and overlay. In addition to the

infrastructure. Most of the Games facilities,

AU$320m investment in new venues, the Gold

around 80 per cent, were already in place

Coast 2018 Organising Committee (GOLDOC) is

when the bid was launched – including the Carrara

spending AU$180m on temporary infrastructure –

Stadium, the main venue of the Games. Only three entirely new, permanent facilities

Mark Cutler is the

bringing in everything from spectator grandstands

have been built for the Games – the Anna Meares

head of venue and

and competition venues to auxiliary buildings.

Velodrome, Coomera Indoor Sports Centre and the

overlay at GOLDOC

Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre. While this

According to Mark Cutler, head of venue and overlay at GOLDOC, the use of temporary structures and fit-outs will play a huge role in getting venues gamesready. “Temporary overlay is required at every venue to meet specific Commonwealth Games Federation and other international requirements,” he says. “The amount of overlay required at the venues is highly variable. In general terms, we need to add 25-30 per cent of overlay space to venues that are already well-suited to competition, and more to other venues – such as the conference and exhibition venues being transformed to host sports for the Games.” According to Cutler, temporary structures will be used in a variety of ways during the 2018 Games. “We

The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the Carrara Stadium



are using temporary structures in everything from increasing venue capacities – by building additional

Sports Management issue 135  
Sports Management issue 135