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Volume 7 No. 149

Facilities

Brisbane "could get a brand new boutique stadium" and an upgraded swimming center as part of a new "generation-style" 2032 Olympic bid unveiled on Thursday, according to Wayne Smith of THE AUSTRALIAN. The feasibility study into a possible southeast Queensland bid has "arrived at a startlingly low cost" of A$900M ($637M), A$300M ($212M) less than the cost of staging the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games last year. Most of the savings "will come from taking advantage of existing venues" such as Brisbane’s Anna Meares velodrome and the A$40M ($28M) Coomera Indoor Sports Centre. But the two "pre-eminent Olympic sports from an Australian perspective" -- swimming and track and field -- will have new facilities built. That "especially is the case in terms of the athletics venue," which "traditionally doubles as the venue for opening and closing ceremonies." Though details remain "closely guarded," the main stadium would be a boutique 30,000-seat venue -- something akin to Melbourne's AAMI Park -- that "could be temporarily boosted" to a 60,000-seat capacity and, through "clever" design, also "be made to incorporate an athletics track" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 2/22).