Comm Games

HERE COME THE GAMES: GC2018

With ticket sales exceeding expectations and excitement building over the country’s biggest international sporting event staged in a decade, Gold Coast residents aregearing up for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Over 1.2 million people put their names in the initial ballot for tickets to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. During the last hour of the bidding process, some 35,000 ticket requests flooded in, with most coming from the Gold Coast, followed by Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast in a close second.

From 4-15 April 2018, more than 6,600 athletes and officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories will take part in 11 days of competition.and if the ticket sales are an indicator,all eyes wlll be on Queensland’s surfside city. Sohow is the Gold Coast preparing?

GOLDOC, the event organisers,  are working closely with all levels of Government. All permanent venues have been completed and have sparked a renewed focus on sport, from grass roots to elite level across the city.

This includes the new Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre in Carrara, and upgrades to the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Gold Coast Cycle Centre, Broadbeach Bowls Club and the Gold Coast Hockey Centre.

Twenty kilometres of high-speed fibre optic cableis being installed along the light rail route to Helensvaleto deliver world-class broadband speeds tothousands of businesses and residences.

The Broadwater Parklands safety camera network isadding 10CCTV cameras and improving pathway lighting in some sections.

To help local businesses andtraffic cope with the influx of visitors, GC2018 partners are planninga citywide readiness program.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate is encouraging everyone to“think ahead”, especially businesses playing a vital role in keeping the city moving.

It’s estimated that six million extra journeys will be made across Gold Coast roads during the Games, so business owners are being urged to use alternative transport during that time.

As the Games draw closer, Gold Coast City Council has launched its Travel Advice for Business Program, which offers businesses free, practical support to help them understand the impact of GC2018 and to plan ahead.

The opening ceremony, swimming, rugby sevens and netball area among the favourites for ticket requests, but the Currumbin Bike Circuit is set to be one of the most exciting events on the Gold Coast – and potentially the most scenic.

With the Currumbin beachfront as the setting for cycling events, an estimated global audience of 1.5 billion people will see the Southern Gold Coast in all its spectacular beauty. Rigorous technical expertise has been applied to the design of the courses, which will showcase the best of the Gold Coast’s coastline, creek and hinterland.

Against this backdrop, crowds will line the streets with flags, banners and cheers of support for the world-class cyclists.

As well as cycling, there are plenty of other events to choose from. South East Queensland brace yourselves; the Commonwealth Games are just around the corner.