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Bowling Along

Akzo Nobel is playing a major part in the redevelopment of the main stadium being used for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia is currently in the middle of a huge AUS$ 425 million reconstruction project which will see around 55 percent of the ground rebuilt, with completion expected by the end of 2005.

Most of the work is concentrated on the north side of the ground, where more than 5,000 tons of steel will form the core of the new main grandstand. This steel will be protected by coatings supplied by Akzo Nobel’s International Protective Coatings business.

The products being supplied for the development—over a three-year period—include Interzinc® 315, Intercure® 420 and Interfine® 629.

The MCG—known as The People’s Ground—is one of Australia’s premier sports facilities, regularly hosting major events such as cricket, rugby and Aussie rules football.

Originally built in the 1850s, it was the main stadium used for the first ever Olympic Games held in Australia—in 1956—and will have an increased capacity of more than 100,000 once all the construction work is complete.

The 2006 Commonwealth Games, which will be the 18th in the competition’s history, will be staged in Melbourne from March 15-26.

(Released: April 26, 2004)