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Gabba becomes the centerpiece of the Game in 2032 if Brisbane successfully bid

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Cricket test match – Ashes – Australia and UK – GABBA Ground

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Gabba Stadium is scheduled to rebuild for A $ 1 billion ($ 777 million) before the opening and closing ceremony as part of Brisbane’s effort for 2032 Olympics, officials said Tuesday.

The Queensland capital Brisbane was selected as the preferred bidder for the 2032 Olympics in February and can be confirmed as a host as early as July.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Gabba Stadium, officially named the Brisbane Cricket Ground, will likely be raised from 42,000 to 50,000 as part of a renovation that will cost “about $ 1 billion. Australian Dollar “.

“Every game needs a house,” she said in a statement.

“Gabba has been the home of our sport since 1895.

“A home to the 2032 Olympic Games could be its ultimate glory.”

Located on the outskirts of Brisbane’s Woolloongabba city, the refurbished stadium will be connected to a new railway station under construction via a pedestrian plaza.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison upheld Brisbane’s bid last month and told the International Olympic Committee that all levels of government in the country were firmly in favor.

Palaszczuk said on Monday that the bid is still “dependent on a guarantee” from the federal government.

Although Brisbane was the lead for 2032, South Korea’s Seoul this month said it had submitted an IOC proposing to co-host the 2032 Olympics with North Korea’s capital Pyongyang.

The postponed Tokyo Olympics begins July 23. Paris will host the 2024 Olympics, while Los Angeles will host the 2028 event.

($ 1 = AU $ 1.2873)

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