Then the stars of the Games with their medals carried their national flags into the stadium to say their final farewells.
Australian swimming legend Ian "Thorpedo" Thorpe shone with his six golds - a record amount of gold medals.
Then the official Games flag was handed over to the host country for the next Games in four years time - Melbourne.
But the Manchester stadium which saw so many Games records smashed doesn't have a rest.
It's to be turned into a 50,000-seater football stadium which will be home to Manchester City from the start of the 2003/4 season.