Hundreds left waiting hours for buses to and from Opening Ceremony

HUNDREDS of people were left stranded at a major transport interchange for hours last night, waiting for a bus to the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.

Twenty-three additional buses needed to be dispatched to help clear the backlog and get people from Broadbeach to the Games stadium at Carrara in time for the 8pm start.

By 7pm, however, the queues had cleared and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games chairman Peter Beattie said everyone was in the stadium by 7.45, 15 before the ceremony was due to begin.


But the drama didn’t stop there, with hundreds if not thousands of spectators left stranded again at the stadium at the end of the night, waiting to get a seat on a bus back to their original departure spot.

Crowds were still queuing outside the stadium, waiting for a bus back to Broadbeach at 1am.