Earlier this week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) named South East Queensland (SEQ) as its preferred host for the 2032 Olympic Games. It is believed the IOC could formally award SEQ the games as early as July.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the IOC is impressed that it already has up to 90% of the needed venues, but she says the government is considering a new stadium for the opening and closing ceremonies. The lead proposal is to convert an inner-city greyhound and trotting track into a 50,000 seat stadium that would stage athletics and the opening and closing ceremonies.
From The Australian:
“It gives every single one of us hope that it puts Brisbane firmly on that international map, and we can actually give hope to our young students right across the nation that they could compete in an Olympics here in Queensland in 2032,” [Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk] said…
Ms Palaszczuk promised any new infrastructure would not be a white elephant, and would rely on joint funding from all three levels of government.
“We don’t have to build huge stadiums that are not going to be used in the future,” she said.
SEQ would be an attractive proposition for the IOC given Australia’s superior handling of the virus and reputation as a safe and stable location.
SEQ’s excellent weather and infrastructure also makes it an ideal location to hold the games.
Good luck Queensland!