CRICKET SET TO MAJOR LOSER AFTER GABBA'S $2.7 BILLION OLYMPIC GAMES BLOW
The mega-money stadium proposal for the 2032 Brisbane Olympics is said to be 'dead and buried.
Calls to scrap the $2.7 billion Gabba redevelopment could impact Brisbane's chances of securing some of Aussie cricket's biggest fixtures.
The Australian Olympic Committee's (AOC) bombshell call to scrap a proposed $2.7 billion redevelopment of the Gabba spells bad news for cricket in Queensland. That's according to veteran News Corp reporter Robert 'Crash' Craddock, who argues cricket will be the "biggest loser" if the mega-money redevelopment of the Gabba does not go ahead.
AOC president Ian Chesterman backed up the opinion of International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president John Coates after suggesting plans should be abandoned to spend $2.7 billion redeveloping the Gabba before the Brisbane Olympic Games in 2032. Chesterman argued there were "more creative solutions" available after Coates had insisted the massive rebuild did not "stack up" financially.
"The (International Olympic Committee's) new norm process is designed to ensure the Games are both affordable and sustainable, with a strong preference for the use of existing or temporary facilities," Chesterman said. 'We believe there are other, more creative solutions than rebuilding the Gabba for the Games which provide a legacy for our sports and even greater access for fans to an exceptional Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"We will put these ideas to the review committee." IOC vice-president Coates had earlier calls for the Gabba rebuild plans to be scrapped, arguing that the opening and closing ceremonies should be held at Suncorp Stadium, and athletics events held at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre.