Gabba to undergo $1bn upgrade if Brisbane secures 2032 Olympics

The Gabba has been earmarked as the centrepiece of the 2032 Olympic Games hosting the opening and closing ceremonies and athletics if front runner Brisbane secures the bid to host it.

The stadium would undergo a $1 billion redevelopment to increase capacity from 42,000 to 50,000 spectators, according to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Speaking on ABC News Breakfast, Palaszczuk said the stadium would be “completely rebuilt and raised up and it’s going to be sensational”.

“Every games needs a home,” she said. “The Gabba has been home to our sport since 1895.

“A home for the 2032 Olympic Games could be its crowning glory.”

Cabinet has already approved the planned upgrade which would include a new pedestrian plaza linking the stadium to Woolloongabba’s new Cross River Rail station which could be used to host concerts and medal presentations.