The Use of GIS in Major Sport Events Management; the Host City’s Lessons Learned from Gold Coast 2018, Commonwealth Games

  • Razieh MosadeghiEmail author
  • Dan Barr
  • Ray Moller


This paper documents the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) in the delivery of recent major sporting events with a specific focus on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). It details the process that was undertaken by GC2018 Partner organisations in managing an integrated GIS solution. Governance structures, data sets, information custodianship and implementation timelines are explored to provide a holistic understanding of the GC2018 GIS journey. The paper then explores the challenges that were faced and conversely the recommendations for future Host Cities. Integrated GIS use was a critical element in the success of GC2018 and provided a City legacy in terms of information sharing, governance and broader use of GIS systems. It recognises that whilst GIS was an integral part of the planning and operations of GC2018 significant benefits could be derived by Host Cities by ensuring integration of GIS into Games governance and committing to roles and responsibilities three or 4 years in advance of the event.


Geographic information system (GIS) Sport management Gold Coast 2018 commonwealth games GC2018 Information sharing 



The authors would like to thank the members of GC2018 GIS Technical Working Group; James Moloney (DTMR and GOLDOC), Darren Gould and Julian Burke (QPS), Peter Timmers (QFES), Allan Cloherty (Office of the Commonwealth Games) for their collective effort and commitment to the information sharing agreement. We would also like to thank the GIS and data management team at City of Gold Coast; Fernando Rangel; Darren Santer; Joshua Giampaolo and Mike Fleming for their effort and continues support.

The manuscript is a summary of the lessons learned from the GIS operation during Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games planning and event phase. No separate funding was provided to prepare this manuscript.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.”

The authors confirm the manuscript has not been published elsewhere and is not under consideration by another journal. We also declare no competing financial interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Business Innovation and Technology ServicesCity of Gold CoastAustralia
  2. 2.Commonwealth Games UnitCity of Gold CoastAustralia

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