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How to live stream the 2018 Commonwealth Games online and watch on TV, dates, venues, sports, key information

The Australian Swimming team will be out to take home a record haul of medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)
4th April, 2018
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The 2018 Commonwealth Games, held on the Gold Coast, will be the biggest sporting event on Australian soil since the nation’s last chance to host, back in 2006. This is The Roar‘s guide to watching every event of the games on TV or streaming them online.

The Commonwealth Games will begin with the opening ceremony on Wednesday, April 4 at 7pm (AEST). Competition across all sports will begin on the following day, with Badminton, Gymnastics and Lawn Bowls all beginning at 9am (AEST).

Competition across 18 different sports, with 275 individual events (including para-sports) will then continue across 11 days before the closing ceremony then commences at 7:30pm (AEST) on Sunday, April 15.

Multiple venues around the Gold Coast will be in use, as well as others around Queensland, basketball being played as far away as Townsville and Cairns.

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How to watch the Commonwealth Games on TV

Channel 7 will be broadcasting hundreds of hours on TV across the course of the Games. They will use a combination of all three of their channels across the day and night. Competition runs from roughly 9am until 11pm (AEST) on each day.

Channel 7 can be found on Channel 70 in high definition and 71 in standard definition. 7TWO can be found on Channel 72, while 7Mate is on 73. If you are watching from Foxtel, you’ll be looking for 107, 127 and 188 respectively.

How to live stream the Commonwealth Games online

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There is only so much seven will be able to show on the TV, but luckily, they have announced plans to broadcast more than 1,000 hours of content on their app and website, both in the name of 7CommGames.

According to their support page, all medal events will be free, however their premium plan for a one-off payment of $19.99 will cover every single event across the 11 days.

Sports and venues

Sport/event Venue
Athletics Carrara Stadium
Badminton Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre
Basketball Cairns Convention Centre (prelim), Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre (prelim), Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (finals)
Beach Volleyball Queen Elizabeth Park
Boxing Oxenford Studios
Closing Ceremony Carrara Stadium
Cycling – Mountain bike Nerang National Park
Cycling – Road Currumbin Valley
Cycling – Track Anna Meares Velodrome, Brisbane
Diving Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
Gymnastics Coomera Sport and Leisure Centre
Hockey Gold Coast Hockey Cenntre
Lawn Bowls Broadbeach Bowls Club
Marathon Southport Broadwater Parklands
Netball Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (prelim), Coomera Sport and Leisure Centre (finals)
Opening Ceremony Carrara Stadium
Powerlifting Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre
Racewalking Southport Broadwater Parklands
Rugby Sevens Robina Stadium
Shooting Belmont Shooting Range
Squash Oxenford Studios
Swimming Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
Table Tennis Oxenford Studios
Triathlon Southport Broadwater Parklands
Weightlifting Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, Carrara Indoor Stadium
Wrestling Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre

Fast facts

  • The 2018 Commonwealth Games are officially known as the XXI Commonwealth Games (21st).
  • It’s the fifth time Australia has hosted (previously Sydney 1938, Perth 1962, Brisbane 1982, Melbourne 2006)
  • The first games were held in Hamilton, Canada during 1930. The 2014 hosts were Glasgow in Scotland.
  • Australia will have 473 athletes at the 2018 Games. England will have 394 and Canada 283.
  • There will be 275 events across 18 sports in 2018. It’s only the second time basketball has been played at the Commonwealth Games, while women’s rugby sevens and beach volleyball are making their debuts.
  • There are a record 38 para-sport events being held across the 11 days of competition.