The Ryde Aquatic centre, located at Ryde in Sydney's west, will host the preliminaries for both men's and women's waterpolo. The Bronze medal match for the women will also be played at the aquatic centre. It is expected to be completed in March 2000 and will have a capacity of 4000. Water polo will be hosted from 23-30 September (days 8-12 and 14-15). The 12 men's and 6 women's teams will play their matches in the 51.5m indoor pool and will warm up in the adjacent leisure centre.
Farifield City Farm at Abbotsbury is the venue for Mountain Biking in 2000. The 350 hectare working farm near Fairfield has a 7km track with a mass start, high speed turns, narrow paths and steep drops. Spectators will be mainly concentrated around the start and finish areas but can move around the course to some of the more technical areas. The course was designed and constructed to exist in harmony with surrounding flora and fauna.
The shooting centre is located at Cecil Park, in the south west of Sydney and the 78 hectare site will host both Olympic and Paralympic shooting events.
It is expected to be the most advanced shooting facility in the world at the time of the Olympic Games. It has three Olympic shotgun ranges, a 25 metre range, a 50 metre range, final range and a fully enclosed 10 metre indoor range for moving target disciplines, air rifle and air pistol. During the 2000 Games, pistol and rifle finals will be held on a purpose built range with 2500 capacity grandstand and scoreboard.
The outdoor facilities play host to the Trap and Skeet Shotgun events. The Shotgun final will be held on a Trap and Skeet finals range and there will be seating for 4000 spectators. The current number of seats for 1,250 people will be raised dramatically by temporary seating to boost the number to 10,000. The site includes change rooms, secure storage areas, a shooting sports store, sports administration rooms and audio-visual hall. The complex will have the accessibility features of all other venues and provides the opportunity for the site to later expand.
It contains all the environmentally friendly features of the other complexes to host Olympic sports. As with the Equestrian Centre, all visitors will have to use public transport during the Olympic Games. Buses will run from Eastern Creek and Liverpool.
The Sydney International Equestrian Centre is at Horsley Park, 28 kilometres west of Homebush Bay, and is set over 80 hectares of native bushland. This venue will host Olympic dressage, jumping and three-day events as well as Paralympic dressage. The site, at the completion of construction will have over 25 kilometres of trails for training, the three-day event, 15.4 kilometres of endurance tracks and roads, a 12 metre wide, 7.4 kilometre long cross country course with 42 jumps, steeplechase track and galloping track.
There is a combined dressage and showjumping main arena with permanent seating for 2,000, with the grass banks accommodating a further 3,000. The site will have a stable complex with 224 stables and tack rooms and a fully enclosed 70 x 35 metre indoor training hall that accommodates 800 spectators as well as administration buildings and amenities for spectators.
The Olympic equestrian events to be held at this site are expected to attract up to as many as 50,000 spectators and temporary seating and other facilities are to be added during competition time to allow as many people as possible to experience equestrian events.
The facilities are designed to maximise natural ventilation and light and minimise water and electricity use. Parking will be provided for small trucks, trailers and cars with horse floats in three areas. All visitors to the centre will need to use public transport. Rail services and bus links from Liverpool, Doonside and Eastern Creek Raceway car parks will get the visitors to the Sydney International Equestrian Centre.
The Softball & Baseball centre, situated 22 kilometres from Homebush Bay is due for completion in late 1999. The Centre will have two training diamonds and one competition field with 1,000 permanent seats. Temporary seating will be added, taking the capacity to 8000 during the games.
The 300 metre long U shaped artificial slalom course at Penrith is located next to the Regatta centre and it runs at 14 cubic metres a second. It will host Canoeing and Kayaking from September 17-22. The 6.5 million dollar complex features conveyor belts to tow back kayaks and canoes after competition is finished and the water flow can be controlled so after the Olympics are over, the centre can be used for people's recreational choice.
The competition channel is 8-12 metres wide and the depth varies from 0.8-1.2 metres. The stadium utilises natural light and ventillation and has a capacity of 12,500 spectators.
The International Regatta Centre is situated five kilometres from Penrith and consists of a 2.3km competition course, a warm up lake, pavilion, 2 boatsheds and an event waste management area. The course accommodates 9 lanes for rowing and 12 for canoeing. The $6.5million complex will accommodate 30,000 spectators in the pavilion and in the public areas on the sides during competition. It has tactile floor tiles, fully accessible toilets, and other facilities to care for those with special needs.
All buildings are energy efficient and maximise natural ventilation and light and what energy is used, comes from solar panels. The water quality is controlled and fish and plants have been integrated to the lakes to maintain and sustain the regatta's ecosystem. The venue is also surrounded by wetlands and woodlands.
The centre currently has 3,000 parking spaces but during the Games all public visitors will be required to use public transport with buses from Penrith Station.
The Regatta Centre is the first stage of the Penrith Lakes scheme which will provide a 2000 hectare recreation area which will include seven lakes equal in size to Sydney Harbour from the Harbour Bridge to the Heads on its completion