Commonwealth Games FederationCommonwealth Games Federation

2018 Commonwealth Games Bid Process

Above: Mark Stockwell, Chair of the Gold Coast 2018 bid, reacting with tears of joy to the announcement that their bid had been successful. Below: Photo of the Gold Coast. See you in Gold Coast in 2018!
The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be hosted by Gold Coast after a decision by the 71 nations and territories in attendance at the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly in St Kitts and Nevis on Friday 11th November 2011. The voting was 43 to 27.

Click on the image below to watch the CGF President the Hon. Michael Fennell announce the 2018 Commonwealth Games Host City.

Get the Adobe Flash Player to see this content.

Gold Coast faced a tough battle from Hambantota for the right to follow Glasgow 2014 and host the 21st Commonwealth Games in its 88th year.

CGF President the Hon. Michael Fennell said: "My sincere congratulations to Gold Coast - theirs was a fantastic bid and they are a very, very worthy winner. Hambantota was also a very strong bid, and we have a duty to take the Games to new places, but the bid needs to be the right thing for the Commonwealth Games movement at the right time. This time Gold Coast was successful, but I hope Hambantota consider bidding again - their team were wonderful."

The Gold Coast and Hambantota formally started the race to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games after lodging their bids with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday 11th May 2011.

Speaking at the ceremony, CGF Vice President, HRH Tunku Imran (standing in for the CGF President Mike Fennell) thanked both candidate cities for their commitment to the Commonwealth Games movement. "Over the last two years we have seen both the Gold Coast and Hambantota work towards this day and develop not only their bid books but also an understanding of what responsibilities lay ahead for them and what the Commonwealth Games mean to the people of the Commonwealth."

"The race for the 2018 Games presents an intriguing choice for our members. Each city would make a worthy host and would continue to build the international profile and brand of the Commonwealth Games as one of the most popular and enduring world-class events on the international sporting calendar. Today's presentations mark only the start of the selection process for 2018. Now that the candidature files have been formally lodged with the CGF, an extensive evaluation process will get underway, beginning with an analysis of the technical aspects of each city's bid documents."

"This will include site visits to each city by our Evaluation Committee with the final decision to be taken by our member nations at the CGF's General Assembly in St Kitts & Nevis in the Caribbean on 11th November later this year, when responsibility for both upholding the great traditions of the 'Friendly Games' as well as taking the movement into the future will be passed on to either the Gold Coast or Hambantota."

"It is not just about what each candidate city will offer over 11 days on and off the field of play in 2018, it is also about ensuring that we continue to celebrate the diversities within the Commonwealth, making sure that sport offers our youth a chance for betterment, and its about all stakeholders working together, with the Games as a catalyst, for a better understanding of each other and for peace."

The responsibility for selecting the host city for 2018 rests with the 71 member Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs). Each CGA is entitled to one vote. After the votes have been cast and verified by independent scrutiners, the President of the Commonwealth Games Federation announces the decision to the Assembly and the people of the Commonwealth.

To guide the Candidate Cities through the bidding process the CGF developed a Candidate City Manual. The manual in conjunction with other CGF documents establishes the legal, financial and technical obligations of each candidate city (and host city) and also outlines the procedures, rules and timelines for bidding.


Click on the relevant links below to view the CGF Evaluation Commission Report, Candidate City files and the Candidate City Manual.

The CGF Evaluation Commission Report
Click on the link below to view the CGF Evaluation Commission Report (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Evaluation Commission Report (5.5MB)

The Gold Coast
Click on the links below to view the Candidate City Files (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Candidate City File: Volume 1 (5.7MB)
Candidate City File: Volume 2 (10.1MB)
Gold Coast 2018 Block Plans (10.3MB)

Click on the links below to view the Candidate City Files (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Candidate City File: Volume 1 (26MB)
Candidate City File: Volume 2 (56MB)
Hambantota 2018 Block Plans (57MB)

Candidate City Manuals
Click on the link below to download the Candidate City Manual (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
2018 Candidate City Manual (0.7MB)

External Links
Click on each of the links below more information on the bidding cities.
Gold Coast, Australia
Hambantota, Sri Lanka

© Getty Images