Today’s the day! Excitement builds for Comm Games Opening Ceremony

Gold Coasters, the day has finally arrived!

It’s been over 6 years in the making, and tonight, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games officially kicks off.

An estimated 1.5 billion people from all over the world are expected to tune in to the Opening Ceremony Event on Wednesday, where they will witness our beautiful city in all of its glory.


The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be among the 35,000 people attending the ceremony at Carrara Stadium tonight, with a strong security operation expected.

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Chairman, Peter Beattie confirmed on Wednesday morning that rain was predicted, however he assured it would not dampen our parade.

“BOM has advised there is a likely chance of hit & miss shower activity across the Gold Coast during the Opening Ceremony. There is a 30% chance of rain activity,” Mr Beattie said.

“Shower activity will not ruin the Opening Ceromony. Enjoy tonight”

People heading to the ceremony are being encouraged to pack a poncho, with umbrellas unable to be put up in the venue.

“We encourage spectators to come prepared with appropriate clothing/attire for possible rainy conditions,” Mr Beattie posted on Twitter.

“Per the Venue Entry Conditions, umbrellas are a restricted item, which means they can be taken into all venues as long as they are not used in a way that negatively impacts on the safety, security or enjoyment of others.”

While the Opening Ceremony has been kept top secret, there are reports we can expect to see sand, lifeguards, nippers and surfboards, with performers including Rikki Lee, Delta Goodrem and Dami Im.

Good news for lucky Gold Coasters hoping to catch all the action in person – Peter Beattie revealed this morning that 200 tickets have become available online for tonight’s opening ceremony.

For your chance to snap up a last minute ticket, click here.