Artistic interpretation | Credit: Queensland Government

This announcement comes after six years of planning from Queensland but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) backed the city to host with 72 votes to five.

IOC president, Thomas Bach, said it was the incredible passion Australian’s have for sport that convinced the group to commit to Brisbane,

“The Aussies really demonstrate it… you could feel it during the whole presentation, I could feel it even in my visit a couple of years ago. Second, it is a project which is absolutely in line with the IOC reforms – it’s a project of a sustainable Games in every respect.”

This makes Brisbane the smallest city to host the Games since Helsinki in 1952.

So what will the Olympics look like in Brisbane?

Artistic interpretation | Credit: Queensland Government

In line with what the IOC said, the organisers have pitched the event with a focus on sustainability and cost-effectiveness that hopefully will leave a long-term positive impact on the community.

Both old and new venues will be used to host the event as some 84% of them will be either existing, refurbished, or temporary.

There will be three main hubs in the state with 32 venues split across them: 21 in Brisbane, seven on the Gold Coast, and four on the Sunshine Coast. But it will be the Gabba that will host the opening and closing ceremony as well as the athletics. To do this, the Gabba will receive a $1 billion rebuild that will increase its capacity to 50,000.

Artistic interpretation of the Gabba | Credit: Queensland Government

The new venues will include a 15,000-seat aquatic centre in the Brisbane CBD, a 12,000-seat indoor basketball facility, a 10,000-seat gymnastics venue, and a boxing centre.

The Olympic village will be built on a waterfront property in Hamilton, Brisbane.

Organisers say the anticipated cost will be $4.5 billion but it will be “cost neutral.”

There have been a few critics of the budget, including University of Queensland tourism and events expert, Judith Mair. “The problem with that budget is that doesn’t include the public transport or the new road infrastructure … it doesn’t include the cost of security, it doesn’t include the cost of the staff who’ll be working in the organising committee,” Dr Mair said.

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said that “it’s actually part of our ongoing infrastructure budget anyway, which is over $50 billion over the four years.”

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