Tuesday, 28 March 2006

My Comm Games experience

A friend was in the closing ceremony (if you watched the ceremony - he was one of the gladioli-brandishing Dame Edna's in the grand finale) and had a last minute spare freebie ticket (tickets were retailing at the $250 to $400 mark from what I heard, so free is good) so on Sunday evening I made my way to the MCG.
Comm Games closing ceremony arrival

We had seats on the bottom level of the new Northern Stand so we were quite close to the action.
Waiting for the opening of the closing ceremony

Before the televised broadcast began, the crowd were warmed up for about 45 minutes by Rusty and John from the "Scaredies" (officially known as the Scared Weird Little Guys). The sound was a little bit muffled at times which meant that a lot of their whip-smart punchlines were lost on us. However, they finished their set with a fantastic version of Old MacDonald had a farm sung to the tune of Smells Like Teen Spirit.
They also instigated a camera flash Mexican wave.
Comm Games Closing Ceremony - Mexican Wave 01

Once the ceremony itself began, it was essentially a big rock concert with mass dancing/parading etc. For the benefit of Genevieve, I include a shot of Ben Lee who had us singing along to We're All in this Together.
Ben Lee at the Comm Games Closing Ceremony

The fireworks that went off periodically throughout the night were pretty speccy. My overall review of the evening is that it was an enjoyable spectacle, but my enjoyment gained certainly wasn't worth the ticket prices that they were asking. A lot of the performances were optimised for viewing from a bird's point of view, which we certainly did not have, so a lot of the formations just looked like a mass of people, but when you caught glimpses on the big screen you'd realise "Oh - that's what they're doing".


Genevieve said...

Awesome! Thanks for the Ben Lee picture - I saw him in Baltimore on the 15th of March and he was talking about the Commonwealth Games. That's so cool you got to go!

Leeanne said...

Sounds like the night was alot of fun and definately a once in a life time experiance.