The 2006 Commonwealth Games were held in Melbourne , Victoria between 15 March and 26 March 2006. It was the largest sporting event to be staged in Melbourne, eclipsing the 1956 Summer Olympics in terms of the number of teams competing, athletes competing, and events being held.
The site for the opening and closing ceremonies was the Melbourne Cricket Ground which was also used during 1956 games. The mascot for the games was Karak, a Red Tailed Black Cockatoo.
*All history taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.