January 30, 2006 – Waterfront City, a $1 billion development in Melbourne Docklands, will be host to an Official Live Site screening daily live broadcasts of the Games on Waterfront City’s two state of the art LED screens.
ING Real Estate Development Australia’s Managing Director, Mark Broomfield is delighted that Waterfront City can play a part in the Commonwealth Games official program, “Having the Commonwealth Games come to Waterfront City via its Live Site involvement is an incredible privilege and testament to the fact we are achieving our goal of the precinct becoming one of Melbourne’s most dynamic entertainment precincts,” he said.
“The LED Screens on which events will be screened have been designed specifically for the Waterfront City Piazza and are installed in positions that maximize viewing from anywhere in the public area. The screens are accompanied by a cutting-edge audio system, providing high fidelity sound throughout the entire piazza ensuring no one will miss out on any of the action – almost as electrifying as if you are in the MCG itself,” said Broomfield.
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Mr John Harnden, congratulated Waterfront City on its involvement with the Games.
“I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Waterfront City in joining the Melbourne 2006 Games Sponsor Family”, Mr Harnden said.
“As one of six Melbourne Live Sites during the Games period, Waterfront City will be a great location to enjoy the full gamut of sporting and cultural activities the Games has to offer.”
Waterfront City will also be the final destination point for the Queen’s Baton Relay before it enters the MCG for the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is one of the great traditions of the Commonwealth Games symbolising the gathering of people from across the Commonwealth at the four-yearly festival of sport and culture.
The Melbourne 2006 Queen’s Baton travels an epic journey of more than 180,000 kilometres in a year and a day, and visits all 71 nations of the Commonwealth – home to almost one third of the world’s population.
The Melbourne 2006 Queen’s Baton Relay is the world’s longest, most inclusive relay. No other Games relay has visited all member nations. Needless to say, this will ensure Waterfront City will be one of Melbourne’s most popular destinations over the Commonwealth Games period.
To coincide with the excitement of the Live Site and the Queen’s Baton Relay, Waterfront City offers a strong selection of harbourside dining options to enjoy while soaking up the atmosphere.
The Games will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness 4500 elite athletes from 71 nations taking part in the XVIII Commonwealth Games to be held from 15-26 March 2006. For further information on the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, go to www.melbourne2006.com.au.