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Monday, 3 January, 2000, 14:08 GMT
Venues for Olympic dreams

Stadium Australia Stadium Australia is the magnificent centrepiece of the Games

The Sydney 2000 Games will be based at Olympic Park in Homebush, which will provide venues for 14 of the 28 sports being contested.

The remaining sports will spread across the Sydney area, while major stadiums in other cities will host Olympic football.

Here are the details of all the venues, divided into five distinct areas, including a list of the sports they are hosting.

Homebush - Olympic Park

Homebush Homebush: Focal point of the action
Stadium Australia:
Built for a cost of $690m and already used for rugby and football, the stadium currently seats 110,000 and is the centrepiece of Sydney's Olympics.

The end sections will be removed to reduce the capacity to 80,000 after the games.

Events: Opening & Closing Ceremonies, Athletics, Men's Football Final.

Race Walks Course:
Based around Olympic Park with unlimited viewing capacity.

Events: Race walks.

Sydney International Aquatic Centre:
Open for public use and recently welcomed its six millionth visitor, the aquatic centre is a major swimming centre for Sydneysiders.

Boasting full swimming facilities for the games, new seating is being built behind an existing wall to lift the capacity from 4,000 to 17,500 for September.

The venue has already hosted a number of world-class meets, and showed its potential for record-breaking competition when a raft of world marks were beaten at the Pan Pacific Championships in August 1999.

Events: Swimming, Diving, Water Polo (preliminaries & finals), Modern Pentathlon (swimming), Synchronised Swimming.

Sydney SuperDome:
Opened in September 1999, the SuperDome will become a major indoor arena in Sydney, hosting a variety of events from jet skiing and truck racing to basketball and concerts.

Olympic capacity will range from 15,000 to 18,000 according to sport.

Events: Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline, Basketball (finals).

State Sports Centre:
Built on the site of a former abattoir and opened in 1984, the State Sports Centre is already a familiar venue to Sydneysiders for both indoor and outdoor events.

The Olympic capacity will be 5,000.

Events: Table Tennis, Taekwondo

State Hockey Centre:
Part of the State Sports Centre, the main stand has a distinctive curved roof. Total capacity is 15,000.

Events: Hockey

The Dome:
Used in conjunction with the Pavilions for the Royal Easter Show, the Dome is an exhibition hall which houses fresh fruit and vegetables during the show. Olympic capacity is 10,000.

Events: Basketball (preliminaries), Handball (finals).

Pavilions 2, 3 and 4:
Each pavilion has a Olympic capacity of 6,000.

Fencing The Buring Pavilion will host the modern pentathlon
Events: Handball (preliminaries), Modern Pentathlon (shooting & fencing), Badminton, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Volleyball (preliminaries).

Tennis Centre:
Sydney's new tennis complex has one centre court (capacity 10,000), two show courts (capacities 4,000 & 2,000), seven match courts (capacity 200) and six practice courts.

The surface is Rebound Ace, which is also used for the Australia Open in Melbourne.

Events: Tennis

Sydney Baseball Stadium Sydney Baseball Stadium boasts a 20,000 capacity
Baseball stadium:
Built to satisfy growing interest in baseball in Australia, the stadium also doubles up as a parade ground for livestock during the Royal Easter Show. Capacity is 20,000.

Events: Baseball (preliminaries & finals), Modern Pentathlon (riding & running)

Sydney International Archery Park:
Currently little more than a field one kilometre from Stadium Australia, a temporary grandstand will ensure that 4,500 can watch in September.

Events: Archery

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Darling Harbour

Sydney Exhibition Centre Sydney Exhibition Centre is gearing up for the judo competition
Sydney Entertainment Centre:
Based in Darling Harbour, one of Sydney's most attractive spots with cafes, entertainment and museums to entertain visitors.

Darling Harbour's exhibition venues are being transformed for Olympic events.

Capacity at the Entertainment centre is 11,000.

Events: Volleyball (preliminaries & finals)

Sydney Exhibition Centre:
Five halls with capacities ranging from 5,000 to 10,000 will host a variety of sports.

Events: Boxing, Judo, Wrestling, Fencing.

Sydney Convention Centre:
Capacity 3,840.

Events: Weightlifting.

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Sydney East

Triathlon course:
A scenic Sydney treat, swimming takes place around the Harbour and Sydney Opera House, while cycling and running take in Sydney landmarks such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

There will be 23,500 ticketed viewers around the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Opera House, with 150,000 expected additionally to line the route.

Marathon Course:
The Olympic Marathon starts at the North Sydney Oval and winds through some of Sydney's best known areas, including over the Harbour Bridge.

It is a flat course and fast times are anticipated. Large numbers are expected to line the course.

Sydney Harbour/Rushcutters Bay:
Sydney Harbour is another famous city landmark and is normally full of ferries and the boats of Sydneysiders.

There will be unlimited free viewing from the shore.

Events: Sailing (medal ceremonies at Sydney Opera House).

Sydney Football Stadium:
Located next to the Sydney Cricket Ground, the stadium has a capacity of 42,000 and often hosts rugby.

Events: Football.

Cycling Road Course, Centennial Parklands:
The course starts from the Sydney Football Stadium before winding through the nearby parklands with unlimited space for spectators.

Events: Cycling road races

Bondi Beach:
The cause of controversy to local residents, the Olympics comes to the iconic Bondi Beach.

A temporary arena will go up next year to house 10,000 people on the beach.

The area is one of Sydney's most appealing suburbs and a number of cafes and restaurants sit in sight of the beach.

Events: Beach Volleyball.

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Sydney West

Penrith Whitewater Stadium Canoeing and kayaking takes place at Penrith Whitewater Stadium
Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith Lakes/Penrith Whitewater Stadium:
Built at Penrith Lakes, 47km west of Olympic Park, the venue provides a capacity of 27,000 at a 2,300 metre course.

Events: Rowing, Canoe/Kayak.

Equestrian Centre, Horsley Park:
Spread over 90 hectares of native bushland and featuring more than 13km of track and training area, the venue has a capacity of 50,000.

Events: Equestrianism.

Mountain Bike Course, Fairfield City Farm:
Located at a working farm in the suburb of Fairfield 32km from Olympic Park, the course will offer viewing for 20,000 people.

Events: Mountain Biking.

Sydney International Shooting Centre, Cecil Park:
The centre features three shotgun ranges and will have a capacity of 7,000 for the Games.

Events: Shooting

Dunc Gray Velodrome, Bankstown:
Named after Dunc Gray, who claimed Australia's first cycling gold medal in the Los Angeles games of 1932, this 6,000 capacity venue sits in a park in the attractive suburb of Bankstown.

Events: Track Cycling

Softball centre, Aquilina:
The purpose-built centre has a capacity of 8,000 for softball and 4,000 for baseball.

Events: Softball & baseball (preliminaries)

Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre:
Close to Olympic Park, the local Ryde swimming pool has undergone a major facelift to make it an Olympic venue with a 4,000 capacity.

Events: Water Polo (preliminaries)

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Melbourne Cricket Ground:
One of the most famous sporting venues in the world, the MCG hosts Olympic events for the second time having been the host venue when the games were in Melbourne in 1956.

The Olympic capacity will see 90,000 seats.

Events: Football

Brisbane Cricket Ground:
Known to everybody as 'The Gabba', building work will give the stadium a capacity of 37,000 for the Olympics.

Events: Football

Hindmarsh Stadium (Adelaide):
Home to Australian National Soccer side Adelaide Force, the stadium will have a capacity of 20,000 for the games.

Events: Football

Bruce Stadium (Canberra):
The Olympics comes to Australia's federal capital, with the use of the Bruce Stadium, home to the ACT Brumbies in the Rugby Union Super 12 series and the Canberra Raiders in the National Rugby League competition.

Soccer's Canberra Cosmos play there and the ground also hosts the Matildas, Australia's women's soccer team. Upgrading work is lifting the capacity to 25,000.

Events: Football.

Key dates:

September 13th - Football begins in Melbourne
September 15th - Opening ceremony
September 16th - Swimming begins
September 22nd - Athletics begins
October 1st - Closing ceremony

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