Gabba in line for billion-dollar project for Olympics
Should Brisbane win the bidding rights for Olympics 2032, The Gabba could go under major renovation.
Brisbane is in line to host Olympic Games 2032 and that is likely to be confirmed by July this year. That would see The Gabba increase its seat capacity from 42,000 to 50,000.
The renovation work will worth 1 billion Australia dollars (equivalent to 777 million USD).
“There will not be a bad seat in the house,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“What’s so good about this option is that it links directly with our Cross River Rail, Brisbane’s brand new underground [railway]. It will [also] be a great pedestrian plaza out the front, connecting the public with this stadium.
“So we’ve hosted the AFL, we’ve hosted cricket here, but for the Olympics, this is front and centre.”
Gabba, one of the iconic cricket venues, has been a fortress for Australia over the years. In the last summer 2020-21, Australia men’s team’s 32-year unbeaten Test streak was broken by India.
The stadium is expected to host the first Ashes Test in 2021-22 season. It may potentially host 2029-30 Ashes before rebuilding process begins.
Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley has welcomed the redevelopment process.
“The Gabba is one of the most important, iconic and historic cricket grounds in Australia and we are delighted that the Queensland Government has agreed to a major redevelopment should Brisbane win the right to host the 2032 Olympic Games,” Hockley said.
“Just as the 2000 Olympics bestowed upon cricket the dual legacies of Stadium Australia and the Sydney Showground – both of which became international cricket venues – so, too, would the 2032 Brisbane Games equip the Gabba with state-of-the-art facilities to rival any stadium in the world.
“Australian Cricket is fortunate to have had many of its major venues undergo upgrades in recent years and it would be wonderful to see the Gabba joining that list.”
South Korea’s Seoul has also proposed IOC (International Olympic Committee) to co-host the 2032 Olympic Games with North Korea’s Pyongyang.
The postponed Tokyo Olympics will begin this July. Paris will host the 2024 event and Los Angeles 2028.
Cricket has not been played at the Olympics since Paris 1900. The ICC’s Olympic Committee are putting in efforts on bringing cricket back in 2028.