Our Aussie athletes are currently raking in the gold medals left, right and centre at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
And as we move into the second half of the event, there will be less focus on the pool and more focus on the field events, giving our immaculate grounds their time to shine! We all know a great field lends itself to great competition, and the ability to showcase the athletes at their finest, which is why a lot of work goes into making stadiums around the Gold Coast ready for the Games.
From track and field, to lawn bowls and rugby sevens, the Gold Coast stadiums are prepped and ready to go. But what has gone into the preparation, how are the fields maintained, and what impact will the games have on the venues? We take a closer look.
Events during Commonwealth Games: Carrara Stadium is the centre stage for the Games, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies. It is also home to the athletics throughout the Games.
Regular use of stadium: Carrara stadium is usually the home ground of the Gold Coast Suns AFL team.
Grounds preparation: As you can imagine, transforming an AFL ground into a track and field stadium is no easy feat. Construction has been underway since the close of the AFL season last year to make the stadium ready. Two major changes were made to the stadium during this time including ground excavation in October 2017 to make way for two IAAF certified tracks. Furthermore, 9,500 seats were added to the stadium transforming it into a 35,000 seat stadium.
After the Games: When the games draw to a close, Carrara Stadium will be returned to an AFL pitch. The team will host games at the stadium from June 2, 2018.
Broadbeach Bowls Club
Events during Commonwealth Games: Lawn bowls
Regular use of stadium: The Broadbeach Bowls Club is home to the Broadbeach Bulls lawn bowls club.
Grounds preparation: To ensure the club was at world class standard, a $4.95 million upgrade was completed in May 2016. This upgrade included building improvements to the clubhouse and surrounds and further upgrades to four international standard greens. The club is one of Australia’s premier bowls venues and has hosted both the Australian National Championship finals and the World Junior Championships.
After the Games: The Broadbeach Bowls Club will continue as a world-class venue hosting the Australian National Championship finals until at least 2019.
Events during Commonwealth Games: Rugby Sevens
Regular use of stadium: Robina Stadium, also known as Cbus Super Stadium is the home ground of the Gold Coast Titans. It also hosts soccer, rugby union and rugby sevens events.
Grounds preparation:Touted as one of the best regional stadiums in Australia, Robina Stadium is only ten years old, ensuring easy preparation for the Robina Stadium grounds team. No changes were made to the stadium, as it was already built at a world-class standard. It’s incredible to think a try will be scored every 70 seconds in the Rugby Sevens competition!
After the Games: As the grounds didn’t have to be changed, the Titans will return home for a match as soon as April 28, 2018.
Gold Coast Hockey Centre
Events during Commonwealth Games: Hockey
Regular use of stadium: The Gold Coast Hockey Centre is home to the Gold Coast Hockey Association and the Labrador Hockey Club.
Grounds preparation: In preparation for the games, upgrades were made to the centre and completed in May 2017. Features of the upgrade included realignment of two synthetic pitches and one turf pitch to meet international competition requirements. Further refurbishments were also made to the clubhouse and facilities.
After the Games: The realignment of the turf pitch will be completed after the games.
Overall, there shouldn’t be any knock-on effects or disturbances to the pitches from the Games. This is due to the hard work of the groundskeepers and careful planning from the Commonwealth Games Federation as well as the State and Federal Governments.
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