STEAD Park has been confirmed as the home of hockey at the 2026 Commonwealth Games, with the Corio venue to get two international standard hockey fields in a major facility upgrade.
Geelong will also host eight other sports — water sports, paraswimming, beach volleyball, gymnastics, table tennis, para table tennis, triathlon and paratriathlon — during the Games, which will take place at four hubs across the state, and announced today (Wednesday, July 13) is the first pairing of one of those sports with a location in Geelong.
Stead Park is home to Hockey Geelong, the local representative body for the sport, and currently contains two synthetic pitches (one sand and one hybrid).
The two new standing areas can accommodate a crowd of up to 15,000 people in a mix of permanent and temporary seating.
Commonwealth Games Delivery Minister and Acting Prime Minister Jacinta Allan met Hockey Geelong President Peter Stuart and players from teams from across the region on her visit to Stead Park today, along with Parliamentary Secretary for the Commonwealth Games and South Barwon MP Darren Cheeseman , Lara MP John Eren , Mayor of Greater Geelong, Peter Murrihy and Victoria 2026, CEO of the Organizing Committee, Jeroen Weimar.
“Geelong is a proud sporting city and the Commonwealth Games will greatly benefit the whole community through improved infrastructure and visibility on the global stage,” said Ms Allan.
“Victoria 2026 will boost jobs, hospitality and the local economy and allow us to share our incredible regional communities with the rest of the world.”
Eren said Geelong was delighted to host part of the Commonwealth Games and couldn’t wait to see the athletes here chasing hockey gold four years from now.
Mr Weimar said match dates had been announced and venues for seven of the 16 sports on the existing program had been closed.
“Victoria 2026 is gearing up to take over from Birmingham 2022 in just over a month.”