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12 April 2022

Geelong is set to shine on the world sporting stage in 2026, with Victoria’s second largest city being confirmed as one of the four regional hubs to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

The announcement by the Commonwealth Games Federation comes after a period of exclusive dialogue, with Commonwealth Games Australia and the Andrews Labor Government last month submitting a delivery concept for consideration.

Victoria 2026 will be held across multiple regions, creating a new multi-city model for the Commonwealth Games.

Geelong will host an athletes’ village with capacity for 2950 people. Alongside Geelong, three additional regional hubs will be based in Bendigo, Ballarat and Gippsland, each with their own athletes’ village.

Geelong is set to host a packed sports program as a regional hub, including T20 cricket, aquatics, beach volleyball, gymnastics and hockey.

The wider area around Geelong will also enjoy the Queen’s Baton Relay, warm-up tournaments, live sites activations as well as an extensive cultural program boosting communities across the region.

As a regional hub for Victoria 2026, Geelong will benefit from major infrastructure investment, with high quality community infrastructure providing a lasting legacy beyond the Games.

This will include including housing and world-class sports facilities across Geelong, leaving a legacy of affordable housing for the region and state-of-the art sports infrastructure to attract future major events.

It is estimated that the 2026 Commonwealth Games will contribute more than $3 billion to the state’s economy, creating almost 600 full-time equivalent jobs before the Games, 3,900 during the Games and a further 3,000 beyond the Closing Ceremony.

For more information, and to express interest in being involved, visit vic.gov.au/victoria2026.

Quote attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens

“Our region is excited to welcome the Commonwealth and the world to Geelong as a chosen regional hub for the 2026 Commonwealth Games and the opportunity to show off our beautiful Geelong region on Wadawurrung Country.”

Quote attributable to Member for Lara John Eren

“Geelong has long been a sporting and major event destination and as a regional hub for the 2026 Commonwealth Games, we will firmly cement our place as an ideal destination for any major event.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“Geelong will benefit from both the two weeks of Commonwealth Games competition bringing world-class sport to our city and also long into the future through a legacy of infrastructure and investment.”

Quotes attributable Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman

“Geelong has top-class sporting infrastructure and the 2026 Commonwealth Games will provide our region with a chance to showcase all we have to offer to the world.”