Plan your day at Carrara

15 Nov 2017 by Hope Kerslake

The Carrara Precinct will provide spectators with a multitude of one-stop Games experiences and is home to the Carrara Stadium and the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre.

From one of the fastest racquet sports in the world, badminton, to the exciting combat of wrestling, the high adrenaline of athletics to the power and intensity of para-powerlifting, there are a range of sport sessions available at the Carrara precinct. takes a look at an array of entertainment and sport at the Carrara Precinct to help you have a great day out.

Love sport?

Do you find yourself thinking about spectacular sporting moments throughout the day and into the night?

If this sounds like you, then we suggest you get to the Carrara Precinct on Tuesday 10 April for a jam-packed sporting day out.

Kick-start the day at 10am with four hours of non-stop Athletics action at Carrara Stadium (AT1001). Featuring the preliminaries for the men’s 200m, 800m, 400m hurdles, Long Jump and Decathlon (110m Hurdles, Discus and Pole Vault events) and the women’s 200m, 400m Hurdles and Discus Throw.

Then head right next door to the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre for the women’s Lightweight and Heavyweight Para Powerlifting finals (PO1001) commencing at 2:30pm.

Finishing up at 5:45pm you can then head to the next arena for the men’s, women’s and mixed singles and doubles Badminton preliminaries (BD1002). The session did start at 4:30pm, but that doesn’t matter to a sports nut like you, and this gives you the option to decide on which arena deserves your unwavering support.

Feasting on the multitude of sports for over 12 hours, by the time the badminton preliminaries finish at 10:30pm, you have had an unbelievable day filled with sporting action and memories that will last forever.

Former world No.1 Saina Nehwal at the world badminton championships.
Former world No.1 Saina Nehwal at the world badminton championships. 

Try something new!

For the innovative and creative individuals who likes to step out and try new things, we found Friday 6 April is the perfect day for your Games adventure.

An enthralling competition of strength and determination, the women’s and mixed team Weightlifting semi-final’s (WL0601), from 9:30am to 12pm, is sure to inspire a great start to your day.

A true unique Games day out, would not be complete without experiencing the array of Festival 2018 performances.

With music and dance theatre performances and fun installations acts taking place outside the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, you’re sure to be entertained and loving the new experiences.

It’s a spectacle of speed, agility and precision and the sport of Badminton is sure to round out your novel Games day out with the mixed team’s battling it out from 2pm-5:30pm (BD0602).

Join the crowd!

Thursday 12 April is a crowd enthusiast must!

As a loud and proud supporter who thrives in groups, whether you know them or not, we know that all you want to do is raise your hands and support the athletes loudly. Therefore, the AT1202 Athletics Super Final, from 7pm–10:30pm, is the must attend session.

Sprinters will explode with phenomenal speed in the men’s and women’s 200m, female throwers will launch the discus with fierce power and the men’s high jumpers will soar through the air.

You are also set to scream your lungs out as the women compete in the Shot Put and 200m discipline for the Heptathlon preliminaries, the para athletes will also sprint across the finish line in the men’s T12 100m and women’s T38 100m, and the men’s 800m and 400m Hurdles and the women’s 400m Hurdles and Long Jump finals.

And if that’s not enough action for you, why not engage in a crowd of a different kind and head to the Carrara Precinct early for an array of Festival 2018 performances.

Being a part of the crowd will be an exciting part of GC2018.

Feel the power

If strength and power is more your style, then Monday 9 April is your core day to witness supremacy of the strongest men and women from the Commonwealth with three Weightlifting finals.Witness the big lifts with the men’s 105kg final (WL0901) playing out from 9:30am–12pm. Your next session will drop down 10 or so kilos but the women’s 90kg and +90kg (WL0902) will deliver as much intensity and raw power as the men’s with the finalists entering the arena from 2pm–4:30pm and will round out your day of beholding super-strong athletes nicely.

Do you have the need for speed?

If the words sluggish, slow down, relax and brake, don’t register into your vocabulary then Sunday 8 April is the day for your high-speed lifestyle.

Head on over to the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre at 11am to enjoy the rapidness of the mixed team Badminton semi-final (BD0801) from 11am.

After four hours of players bringing down a smash at lightning speeds of over 400km per hour, you’ll need to charge on over to Carrara Stadium for the remainder of the AT0801 Athletics final.

Bursting with a number of sprinting events, including the men’s and women’s 100m preliminaries and semi-finals, you’re sure to be stimulated through the other events; Men's Preliminary 400m, Shot Put, Hammer Throw, 5,000m Final and the women’s T38 Long Jump final and all the way up to 6pm.

Don’t miss the magic of the moment and plan your one-stop Carrara Precinct Games experience with the final major ticket release on sale from midday (AEST) Monday 20 November.