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Commonwealth Games

Jana Pittman at the 2006 Commonwealth Games at the MCG

The XVIII Commonwealth Games were held from March 15-26, 2006 in Melbourne.

It was the largest sporting event to be staged in Melbourne, eclipsing the 1956 Olympics in terms of the number of teams competing, athletes competing, and events being held.

The MCG was the main stadium for the Games and held the Opening Ceremony, 10 track and field sessions and the Closing Ceremony.

The athletics track was laid in October 2005 and covered for the Boxing Day Test in December of that year.

The turf was then removed to reveal the international-standard, eight-lane synthetic track on the MCG arena surface, together with all jump and field event areas in time for the Games.

Attendances

Here are the official attendances for the Commonwealth Games:

DATE

DAY

EVENT

ATTENDANCE

March 15

Wednesday

Opening Ceremony

75,066

March 19

Sunday

Athletics (Super Sunday)

76,500

March 20

Monday

Athletics (AM session)

29,478

March 20

Monday

Athletics (PM session)

79,026

March 21

Tuesday

Athletics (AM session)

40,524

March 21

Tuesday

Athletics (PM session)

42,499

March 22

Wednesday

Athletics (AM session)

50,996

March 22

Wednesday

Athletics (PM session)

45,037

March 23

Thursday

Athletics (PM session)

83,369

March 24

Friday

Athletics (PM session)

80,987

March 25

Saturday

Athletics (PM session)

82,917

March 26

Sunday

Closing Ceremony

77,116

Total Attendance

763,515

Commonwealth Games Statistics

  • 71 Competing Nations
  • 12 individual sports and four team sports - a total of 24 disciplines
  • 11 days of competition
  • 4500 Athletes
  • 1500 Team Officials
  • 1200 Technical Officials
  • 600 M2006 Staff
  • 15,000 Volunteers

 

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