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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 February 2006, 13:48 GMT
Commonwealth Games venue guide
The venues for the 2006 Commonwealth Games are focused on the city of Melbourne itself, but events are also taking place at several other locations in the state of Victoria.

ATHLETICS

Track and field facilities at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
The MCG is hosting track and field
The majority of the track and field events, including those for elite athletes with a disability, are taking place at the world-famous Melbourne Cricket Ground.

An eight-lane synthetic track (with nine lanes on the sprint straight) has been installed on the MCG arena surface, together with jump and field event areas.

The marathon races will also start and finish at the 'G', as it is known in Melbourne, with the course winding its way around the city and taking in some of its major tourist attractions.

The opening and closing ceremonies for the 2006 Games will also be staged at the MCG.

The race walk events take place at the Docklands Precinct, on the water's edge at Victoria Harbour and New Quay.

BADMINTON, BOXING, WEIGHLIFTING

These three sports are being staged at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, located on the south bank of the Yarra River.

Opened in 1996, the flexible 30,000 square-metre building can be adapted for a variety of needs, making it an ideal indoor venue.

TRACK CYCLING, BASKETBALL & NETBALL FINALS

The Multi-Purpose Venue at Melbourne Park is perhaps the most versatile of the 2006 Commonwealth Games sites.

Completed in 2000, the MPV features seating which can be raised, moved back or removed completely. The retractable roof allows the venue to be transformed from an indoor to an outdoor arena in just 10 minutes.

Cycling takes place on a 250m Siberian pine circuit which hosted the 2004 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

The basketball preliminaries take place in four regional centres within two hours of Melbourne - the historic goldfield towns of Bendigo and Ballarat, the city of Geelong on Corio Bay, and Traralgon.

AQUATICS, SQUASH, TABLE TENNIS

The swimming, diving and synchronised swimming events are taking place at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, as do the squash and table tennis competitions.

Adjacent to the site of the Melbourne Formula One Grand Prix circuit at Albert Park, the MSAC is the largest integrated sports complex of its type in Australia.

GYMNASTICS

Best-known as the home of the Australian Open tennis championships, the Rod Laver Arena is the venue for artistic and rhythmic gymnastics.

Completed in 1988, the Arena is located at Melbourne Park, a 10-minute walk from the city centre. The retractable roof will be closed for the gymnastics events.

RUGBY SEVENS

Melbourne's Telstra Dome
Rugby Sevens are scheduled for the Telstra Dome
The Telstra Dome is the venue for the Rugby Sevens competition.

The stadium, completed in 2000, has a 160mx100m retractable roof that can be closed in 20 minutes.

The Dome hosted matches during the 2003 Rugby World Cup, is a regular venue for Australian Football and was the site of the first-ever indoor one-day international cricket match.

ROAD RACE CYCLING

Cycling's road racing events use the Royal Botanic Gardens Circuit, first used in 1998 for the Australian Cycling Championships.

The course winds through and around Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens, along the edge of the Yarra River and through the steep surrounds of Punt Road Hill.

CYCLING TIME TRIALS, MOUNTAIN BIKING

The cycling time trials take place at the St Kilda Foreshore and Beach Road, one of Melbourne's most scenic sporting locations.

The mountain biking competitions are being staged at Lysterfield Park in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, south-east of Melbourne.

The State Mountain Bike Course, built with the 2006 Games in mind, includes around 14km of trails, including a 6km elite competition course.

SHOOTING

The Melbourne Gun Club at Lilydale, 45 minutes from central Melbourne in the foothills of the Yarra Valley wine region, are hosting the clay target shooting events.

The small bore and pistol shooting events are being hosted by the Melbourne International Shooting Club, 15 minutes from the city centre in Port Melbourne.

Recently upgraded for the Games, the venue has a 10m indoor shooting area as well as 25m and 50m ranges.

The Wellsford Rifle Range in the town of Bendigo, about two hours drive from Melbourne, stages the full bore shooting events.

The range, which also hosts regional and state championships, has been redeveloped for the Games by the state government.

HOCKEY, NETBALL PRELIMINARIES

The hockey competitions and netball preliminaries are taking place at the aptly-named State Netball Hockey Centre, close to the Commonwealth Games Village in Parkville.

The Centre has two synthetic, water-based hockey pitches which were resurfaced in 2005.

LAWN BOWLS

The Lawn Bowls competitions are being held at the State Lawn Bowls Centre at the John Cain Memorial Park in the suburb of Thornbury.

The Centre has four outdoor international standard greens and is located 30 minutes from Melbourne city centre.





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