The best hockey players in the world come to Stead Park Geelong

Andrews’ Labor Government has confirmed that Stead Park in Geelong will host the world’s best hockey players when the Commonwealth Games come to town in four years.

The Geelong hub will also host courses in swimming, para-swimming, beach volleyball, gymnastics, hockey, table tennis, para-table tennis, triathlon and para-triathlon.

Stead Park is the home of Hockey Geelong and currently has two synthetic pitches, one sand and one hybrid.

At Gold Coast 2018, 360 players from 11 nations took part in hockey. A sport with a rich history in Australia, the Kookaburras have won every men’s team gold medal at the Commonwealth Games since 1994 and the Hockeyroos are four-time women’s champions.

Victoria 2026 will be held March 17-29, 2026, with 12 days of competition between the Commonwealth’s top athletes in regional Victoria allowing the regions to shine on the world stage.

As a regional hub alongside Ballarat, Bendigo and Gippsland, Geelong stands to benefit significantly from the Games, including the creation of additional housing, world-class sporting facilities and thousands of jobs.

A process for expressions of interest for additional sports to be included in the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games has also begun.

The cooling-off period will end on August 19 and International Federations wishing to express their interest in participating in Victoria 2026 should contact [email protected].

As Commonwealth Games Delivery Minister Jacinta Allan said

“Geelong is a proud sports city, and the Commonwealth Games will bring great benefits to the whole community through improved infrastructure and exposure on the world stage.”

“Victoria 2026 will boost jobs, hospitality and the local economy and share our incredible regional communities with the rest of the world.”

As Lara MP John Eren said

“We are thrilled to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games Victoria and look forward to seeing athletes chasing hockey gold on our grounds here four years from now.

As stated by CEO of the Victoria 2026 Organizing Committee, Jeroen Weimar

“We have announced competition dates and locked venues for seven of the 16 sports on the current schedule – Victoria 2026 is set to take over from Birmingham 2022 in just over a month.”

As Greater Geelong City Mayor Peter Murrihy said

“The Geelong community is delighted to welcome the best hockey players in the world for what is sure to be one of the showpiece events of the 2026 Commonwealth Games.”

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