Commonwealth Games 2026 proposal

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Deputy Mayor Trent Sullivan

We’re thrilled that the Victorian Government is negotiating to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, with a plan to host events across regional Victoria. As Victoria’s largest regional city, we’re ready to showcase Geelong and The Bellarine on a global stage.  Thousands of athletes and spectators would get to experience the growing buzz about Geelong, including our fabulous food, culture, and beaches. GMHBA Stadium at Kardinia Park is an outstanding stadium that can host everything from the world’s biggest bands to major sporting events. If the negotiations are successful, Geelong is a clear choice to host a spectacular opening or closing ceremony. Our city boasts some of the best sporting facilities in regional Australia and we’re ready to host everything from rowing to swimming, athletics, cricket, triathlons, road cycling, Rugby Sevens, and hockey. The Games attract more than 5000 athletes from more than 70 nations, so the economic benefits for our tourism, events and hospitality industries would be enormous. Geelong already has the majority of the infrastructure in place and hosting the games would benefit our region for decades to come.”

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