NEARLY $300 million in sports infrastructure will be built in Waurn Ponds and Armstrong Creek for the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games, with the state government revealing more details today (Saturday October 29).
Geelong, the Bellarine and the Surf Coast will host an Athletes’ Village, nine sports and the Closing Ceremony, and the $292 million in new facilities will be converted into community infrastructure after the Games are over.
The Armstrong Creek Aquatics Center will host swimmers, para-swimmers and divers, while the Commonwealth’s top gymnasts, weightlifters and para-weightlifters will go for gold at Waurn Ponds.
After the Games, the aquatic center – the exact location of which has not yet been revealed – will become a community swimming pool, with multipurpose courts and a preserved green space.
The artistic gymnastics and weightlifting site at Waurn Ponds – also on a site yet to be revealed – will become seven multi-sports courts, a dance studio and a regional level gymnastics centre.
“Aquatic sports and gymnastics are a highlight of any Commonwealth Games and these new facilities at Waurn Ponds and Armstrong Creek will be great for hosting the Commonwealth’s best athletes,” said Craig Phillips, Chief Executive of Commonwealth Games Australia.
Two new Commonwealth Games sports will be staged in the region, with golf starting on the Bellarine Peninsula and coastal rowing making its debut in Torquay.
“Tens of thousands of people will come to Geelong for Victoria 2026, and we are investing in world-class housing and sporting infrastructure that will not only benefit the delivery of the Games, but the community for years to come,” said Commonwealth Games Delivery Minister Jacinta. Allan said.
“What a victory for Torquay to see a new Commonwealth sport launch on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, as the centerpiece of our Regional Games.
Bellarine MP Lisa Neville said: “Millions of people will tune in to watch the Games and the spectacular sights and tastes of Bellarine will be showcased to the world – that’s just part of the legacy. of Victoria 2026.
The location of the Games Village is now also confirmed, with the Waurn Ponds station compound becoming a home for around 2,500 athletes and officials in March 2026.
The village will be designed in consultation with the local community and traditional owners, celebrating the rich culture of the Wadawurrung people and showcasing the lifestyle of Geelong, Bellarine and the Surf Coast.
“We are proud that hosting the Commonwealth Games is enabling meaningful contributions to the wider community, through much needed legacy accommodation such as the Waurn Ponds village project,” said South Barwon MP Darren Cheeseman .
Kardinia Park will not only host the T20 cricket final, but also the closing ceremony, which is expected to attract 40,000 spectators and a potential global audience of over a billion. The $142 million stage upgrade at GMHBA Stadium in Kardinia Park is expected to be completed in mid-2023.
“Kardinia Park is the premier sports facility in the Victoria region, and is the perfect location to host the closing ceremony of Victoria 2026,” said Geelong MP Christine Couzens.
As previously announced, the Geelong region also hosts triathlon and para-triathlon events, beach volleyball, table tennis and para-table tennis and hockey, the latter to be played on two hockey pitches. to international standards which will be built at Stead Park in North Geelong.
“Victoria 2026 will see the Commonwealth’s best hockey players compete at Stead Park, and I look forward to seeing the communities of Geelong and Lara benefit from the thousands of visitors who come to watch,” said Lara MP John Eren .
During Victoria 2026, Geelong will also host a live venue program featuring music, performance and art, showcasing some of its iconic venues such as Geelong’s spectacular waterfront and arts district.
For more information on the Commonwealth Games Victoria 2026, go to vic.gov.au/victoria2026