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Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, QLD

The 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast will host more than 6600 athletes and officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories. Metricon Stadium will transform from an AFL playing field with green grass and goal posts to an IAAF certified athletics track for the 11-day competition. The track will also host the opening and closing ceremony. The stadium will be fitted with extra seating and grandstands to increase the venue’s capacity to 35,000..

Project Design Brief

Transforming a soft playing surface to a hard athletics track and restoring it back to an AFL playing field after the 11-day competition presented challenges for the sports field designers. The designers required a discreet and foot friendly drainage system with a shallow depth to facilitate easy removal after the competition.

ACO's Solution

  • Sport System 3000


  • System 3000 is supplied in both straight and radius channels to provide a continuous drainage system around the perimeter of the athletics track
  • Channels have a slot drainage system designed for althletics tracks
  • An overall depth of 146mm enables easy removal after the competition is finished
  • The top of the channel enables the synthetic track surface to be installed on both sides of the inlet slot for the bend and high jump areas
Commonwealth Games Gold Coast
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