With the Commonwealth Games looming it seems fitting to marvel at the wonders of sports stadium architecture when the doors are unlocked for Gold Coast Open House.

Commonwealth Games ready venues and elite athlete training centres will throw open their doors to the public on Saturday 4 November 2017.

The new Gold Coast Sports & Leisure Centre  and award-winning KDV Gold Coast Golf & Tennis Academy, both at Carrara, Gold Coast Aquatic Centre at Southport and Broadbeach Bowls Club will welcome visitors to explore their facilities.

The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will bring 6,600 athletes from 70 nations and territories to the Gold Coast to compete in an 11-day festival of sport and culture from 4-15 April 2018.

The $105 million Gold Coast Sport & Leisure Centre (designed by BVN) is home to Commonwealth Games badminton, para power lifting, weight lifting and wrestling and completes the precinct that will host the Games opening and closing ceremonies.

Post-games, the legacy project will support a range of sport and community groups that will use its world-class class competition and training facilities.

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre (designed by Cox), Broadbeach Bowls Club  (designed by Hamilton Hayes Henderson) and Bond University’s Sports Science Building (designed by BDA Architecture) all return to the Gold Coast Open House program. So does Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame, home to one of Australia’s finest collections of Commonwealth and Olympic games memorabilia and ephemera. The museum is located in an old Queenslander (architect unknown) that was moved to Owen Park, Southport and restored.

KDV Gold Coast Golf & Tennis Academy designed by Sydney-based firm Shiro Architects will also be open. Although it is not a Commonwealth Games venue, the $20 million project is a world-class training facility for elite sportsmen and women. It won the Queensland Institute of Architects’ state design award for commercial architecture.

Photo credit:
All images courtesy of Gold Coast Open House
Image 1: GC Sport & Leisure Centre, Carrara
Image 2: Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
Image 3: Broadbeach Bowls Club
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