Pull out your Aussie flag and get in the sporting spirit, because it’s finally official: Brisbane will be hosting the 2032 Olympics Games. Sure, it’s been pretty much all but certain that we’d be named the host for months, but now that it’s official, we can get properly excited for what’s to come.
Everyone’s favourite sports will be coming to South East Queensland for the most iconic sporting event that the city has seen. While Brisbane is no stranger to hosting international sports, this will be by far the largest and most notable to hit our city with upwards of 300 events bringing not just the world’s top athletes our way, but also hundreds of thousands of visitors and the eyes of the world—it’s a pretty big moment for us.
In typical Olympics format the city will be host to a range of sports from athletics to sailing and everything in between. Most of the games will be happening right here in the city but some events will be found on the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast as well, as a part of the government’s plan to utilise already available resources, including those built for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Still, hosting the Olympics is no small task and planned upgrades and builds are already in the pipeline for the city. The Gabba is set to be the heart of the 2032 Olympics and is likely to undergo a major upgrade to make space for the opening and closing ceremonies. There are more than 30 sports that make up the games and to make space for this, Brisbane will be getting between two and eight new sporting facilities and two Olympic villages to house the star athletes.
Coming right as the Tokyo Olympics begin (which of course will have us glued to the TV), the announcement makes Brisbane the third Australian city to host the games after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000 and we could not be prouder.
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