WORK will start this morning to expand Metricon Stadium at Carrara for next year’s Commonwealth Games.
Today’s ground-breaking ceremony will signal the start of work on the warm-up facility next to the main stadium.
With 251 days to go until the Games begin, work on expanding seating capacity in the main stadium, including the northern stand, will begin later this year.
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Once work is complete the stadium’s capacity will be increased from 25,000 to around 35,000 spectators.
The stadium will be the signature event precinct for the Games, hosting the Opening and Closing ceremonies as well as the prestigious track and field events.
A temporary 400-metre track will also be installed, to meet specifications of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
The lighting towers around the venue will be re-birthed with the addition of 468 new energy-saving light fittings on the tower head frames and under the stadium roof.
The lighting will be brighter, and flicker-free to handle international TV broadcasts, particularly for slow-motion cameras.
Once the Games have ended, the stadium will revert to being the home of the Gold Coast Suns.