Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) welcomed the IOC decision, 21 July, to award the 2032 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to Brisbane, Australia, with a statement saying: “Our wonderful city is set to host Australia’s third Summer Olympic Games following the decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Tokyo giving the green light to the Brisbane bid.
“The decision is a game changer for Brisbane and Queensland – with the state’s tourism and global profile set for a huge boost. It is the icing on the cake for Brisbane, which is currently experiencing its biggest infrastructure boom in history.
“The Games are estimated to be worth AUD$8bn (USD$5.85bn) for the state of Queensland and will create up to 100,000 jobs.
“Venues across Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast will be used as hosts for the different events, travelling athletes, media and dignitaries.
“Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) and the South Bank Precinct are set to be a hub for the games. BCEC, the former host of The Goodwill Games and the G20 Leaders Summit, is being considered as the venue for several Olympic events including badminton, fencing and taekwondo.”
The 2032 Olympics will run from 23 July to 8 August , whilst the Paralympics will take place from 24 August to 5 September, 2032.
The Australian city was the only bidder in IOC’s frame and the organisation had given Brisbane exclusive negotiating rights in February, ruling out competitor bids from Qatar, Hungary and Germany. The IOC announced its decision on the day the Tokyo Games began.
Australia last hosted the Games in Sydney in 2000. They were also held in Melbourne in 1956.
Australian prime minister Scott Morrison said he was “absolutely thrilled” by the news: “We know what it takes to deliver a successful Games in Australia,” he said.
“We know the impact on Sydney more than two decades ago was transformative, and we can now expect a repeat for Brisbane and communities across Queensland,” the Prime Minister said.
Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk added: “We want to show the world that mid-sized cities and regions can host the Games without financial distress or missed deadlines.”
The Queensland capital city will, like 2028 host Los Angeles, have 11 years to prepare for hosting the Games. Paris will host in 2024.
Climate policy had formed a key part of the Brisbane proposal, which included the use of sustainable fuel sources and large plantations to help offset emissions generated by the Games.
Palaszczuk told the IOC Queensland would offer the Olympic movement “a safe pair of hands… We pledge to create a successful model under your new host city strategy by showcasing a cost-neutral, climate-positive, safe … and enthralling experience for the whole world,” she said.