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The No. 2 ground at Olympic Park used to be situated behind the outer grandstand of the main stadium. When the ground was first constructed in 1956, it was used as a general purpose field for sports such as Australian Football. It used to have a hill surrounding a majority of the ground, and a small grandstand. In the late 80's, a new main grandstand was built, and the ground was converted into the main venue for greyhound racing in Melbourne, it also included lights, and there was weekly night racing every Monday night. Other sports played at the ground included Soccer.

The No. 2 ground at Olympic Park had to be removed so that the new Citylink tunnel project could run through the site in an attempt to fix Melbourne's traffic problems. The main entrance to the Southern tunnel was situated in the middle of the old ground, while this construction took place, the rest of the stadium was left alone. In mid-2001, the whole venue, including the grandstand, was demolished. In about 2004, a new training ground for the Collingwood Football Club was constructed where the old No.2 ground once stood.

In the above photo taken in 1956, the ground on the far left side is the No. 2 Sports Ground at Olympic Park when it was first constructed. Next to it is the velodrome which is also no longer there, above that is the main arena, which has been redeveloped further and is still in use today, and above that is the Melbourne Olympic Pool (now the Lexus Centre and formally the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre).
 

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Capacity: 10,000 (approx.)
Video Screen: No
Lights: Yes
Arena Roof: No
Built: 1956
Demolished: 1997/2001
Sports Played: Greyhound Racing
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Soccer
 
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