And here's what the world will see next year:
From today's Manchester Evening News
Lights go on at Games stadium
THE Commonwealth Games Stadium became a spectacular beacon of hope as thousands of lights were turned on throughout the massive building.
The £110m City of Manchester Stadium shone out across the city as the switch was thrown by Sports Minister Richard Caborn.
He praised the Eastlands venue and promised a sporting event the country would be proud of.
Building work on the stadium is on schedule, with most of the 38,000 seats now in place and a hi-tech running track laid.
The stadium will be a lasting legacy in the region and has become a permanent fixture of the Manchester skyline.
It will become the home of Manchester City after the Games.
Mr Caborn said: ''The stadium is fantastic and the Commonwealth Games will be the jewel in the crown of sporting events next year.
''Things are now moving very quickly and there is a robust financial programme in place. People can now get on with what they have to do, which is to produce an excellent Games for everyone to enjoy.''
He said he had spoken to people in the area and they were all looking forward to the event and had been impressed with the stadium and the surrounding development.
He believed everything was now in place for an excellent Games to take place.
Mr Caborn also met local schoolchildren who have designed Christmas cards featuring the stadium. These will be put on massive hoardings surrounding the site.
Council leader Richard Leese said: ''The stadium looks fantastic.
''The people of east Manchester are fully involved in the stadium which is leading a huge regeneration project.''
The stadium is due to be handed over to the Games organisers in March next year. The sporting spectacular starts on July 25.
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