South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has said that the state is considering a bid for the city of Adelaide to host the 2030 Commonwealth Games.
According to Australian public-service broadcaster ABC, the state’s government has set up a committee with representatives from various sports organisations to establish whether a bid is possible. The committee will consider Adelaide’s existing sports facilities and what work would need to be done to allow the city to host the multi-sport event.
ABC said that the Adelaide Oval (pictured), which is mainly used for cricket and Australian rules football, would serve as the centrepiece of any bid. The Marion Swimming Centre, which recently staged a series of national trials that doubled as Olympic Games qualifiers, could also feature in the plans.
“We know that we do have great stadiums, we do have the capacity to put on a great set of sporting events – we've demonstrated that in the past and so we'll be working through that on a bipartisan basis because this will require a commitment across both major parties across a number of decades,” Weatherill told ABC.
However, Weatherill also said that the city would need to commit to upgrading existing venues or build new facilities if it opted go ahead with a bid. The South Australian government has already put forward Aus$2m (€1.4m/$1.5m) for a new BMX facility in Adelaide, but Weatherill said that the costs associated with hosting the Games meant that more investment would be required.
“We're going to have a very close look at it,” Weatherill said. “We think that we should be a state that aspires to host the Commonwealth Games. We'll be the only [mainland] state that hasn't [hosted the Games] when it swings around again in 2030. We think that is a timeline that is realistic.”
Adelaide did submit a bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 1998, but lost out to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.