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Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - COMMONWEALTH GAMES - PAUL WE­STON

SEN­SA­TIONAL views from in­side the sta­di­ums, and spec­tac­u­lar tele­vi­sion footage from the out­side.

For the ath­letes and the fans, our venues could not be bet­ter lo­cated and how they were trans­formed for events should re­main strong in our mem­ory.

The surfers at Coolan­gatta beach could hear the roar from beach vol­ley­ball stands in Marine Pde. The aquatic cen­tre each night brought the sleepy Broad­wa­ter alive.

Fur­ther north, chang­ing the floor plan of the new Coomera In­door Sports Cen­tre to ac­com­mo­date seat­ing for more than 7000 fans stunned reg­u­lar fam­ily vis­i­tors on their ar­rival. This is a mag­nif­i­cent multi-pur­pose fa­cil­ity for the city’s burst­ing north­ern sub­urbs.

The caul­dron that was Car­rara Sta­dium was the cen­tre­piece, at­tract­ing 35,000 fans but even more were flow­ing in, head­ing to­wards the weightlift­ing and badminton at the neigh­bour­ing Sports and Leisure Cen­tre.

This event precinct should be­come a sec­ond home to Coast sport­ing fans.

From the colour of the rock star-like at­mos­phere from the stands at the Broad­beach Bowls Club, to the re­lax­ing streetscape for the race walk and cy­cling at Cur­rumbin, just how good did the Coast look for po­ten­tial vis­i­tors?

The best part of it is Gold Coast­ers for gen­er­a­tions get to keep so much of these world-class sports fa­cil­i­ties.

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Mas­sive crowds trekked along the Nerang Moun­tain Bike Trails for the moun­tain bik­ing.

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Thou­sands of fans have gone through the turn­styles at Ox­en­ford Stu­dios for squash, box­ing and ta­ble ten­nis.

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Queen El­iz­a­beth Park at Coolan­gatta has rocked with beach vol­ley­ball all week.

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Bas­ket­ball fi­nals move from Cairns and Townsville to the Gold Coast Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

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Net­ball fi­nals move to Coomera af­ter call­ing the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre home.

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Broad­wa­ter Park­lands have hosted the hugely pop­u­lar triathlon and race walk­ing, with the marathon to come to­mor­row.

Sev­ens heaven at Robina.

Shoot­ers have trav­elled up the road to Bel­mont.

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