All eyes will be on the Gold Coast as the opening ceremony for the 2018 Commonwealth Games takes place tonight. The Games will welcome more than 6,600 athletes and officials from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories to compete and celebrate sporting events from swimming to wrestling.
It is well known that every few years millions or billions of dollars are poured into host cities for the Games, with constructions of stadiums, hotels and sporting centres taking preference in investment opportunities. Major sporting events have almost bankrupted cities with purpose-built infrastructure turning into ghost towns. Much like the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where training pools and fields, a hockey stadium and a beach volleyball court haven’t been touched since the event. There is also the consideration that these events always leave an environmental footprint too big to be ignored, from the countless planes, car and buses that run non-stop for all destination purposes within the cities, to the litter left by patrons in conclusion of each day’s events. So what is the cost of infrastructure for the Games?
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