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Melbourne's Modern Day Colosseum 

The MCG is part of Melbourne, Australia's Sports and Entertainment Precinct.

This top Australian sports stadium is located in Yarra Park and is home to the Melbourne Cricket Club.

The Stadium stands as a majestic tribute to Melbourne's great love of all things to do with sport.

The stadium is one of the top Melbourne attractions that you can visit right in the heart of the city.

  • During World War 2, the stands were used by the Australian and American Armies.
  • The MCG is an open air stadium and is one of the world's most famous cricket venues.
  • The first World Cricket Match was held here in 1977.
  • The first One Day International Cricket Match was held here in 1971.

Test matches are played in front of huge crowds and the famous International One day Day/Night Cricket Matches are incredible to watch here, as the atmosphere is electric!

  • The MCG is also the home of Australian Rules Football. Spectator numbers are huge for the "footy", well over 100,00 sometimes depending on what Teams are playing.
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Melbourne Cricket GroundThe mighty Melbourne Cricket Ground

Where Is The MCG?

The MCG is within easy walking distance of the city center and is serviced by two railway stations, Ringwood and Jolimont.



How To get To The Melbourne Cricket Ground

By Train

There are 2 train stations close by.

  • Jolimont is north of the grounds about 5 minutes walk to the stadium.
  • The other is Richmond on the South eastern side. The walk is a bit longer but worth the view. Just follow the signs.

By Tram

3 Tram Routes are available, No'75, No'48, No'70

Check out the Metlink Timetable here and of course don't forget your Myki ticket.

By Bus

Route No'246 provides a stop in Punt Road close to the Stadium.

By Car

The MCG is part of Melbourne's Sporting Complex and parking is a premium in and around the Stadium for more details check out http://www.mcg.org.au/getting-around/parking-schedule

Australian Cricket supporters at the Melbourne Cricket Ground compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmrlee/7272541970/Australian Cricket supporters at the Melbourne Cricket Ground compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmrlee/7272541970/

In the early years the Stadium was the home of the notorious Melbourne Football Club. Other clubs since those days have now joined in using the "G" as their homeground. These include:

  • Richmond in 1965
  • North Melbourne in 1985
  • Collingwood in 2000
  • Hawthorn in 2000

Almost every VFL/AFL Grand Final has been played here since 1902.

Australian Rules Football played at the MCG compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/hradcanska/3955182041/Australian Rules Football played at the MCG compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/hradcanska/3955182041/

Interesting Facts About The MCG

In 1956 the MCG was famous for its role in supplying the main stadium for the 1956 Olympic Games.

Within the stadium you will find the IOC (The Olympic International Committee) endorsed Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum.

Statue of Betty Cuthbert outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikecogh/6505012533/in/set-72157622722082415/Statue of Betty Cuthbert outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikecogh/6505012533/in/set-72157622722082415/

The opening and closing ceremonies for the 2006 Commonwealth Games were held here.

2006-closing-ceremony-commonwealth-games-mcg compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/jennie_m/119042869/in/photostream/2006-closing-ceremony-commonwealth-games-mcg compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/jennie_m/119042869/in/photostream/

Because of the size of the MCG the Stadium is also used as an Entertainment Venue.

Some artists who have staged their shows at the Stadium are:

  • David Cassidy  1974
  • David Bowie  1978
  • Paul McCartney  1993
  • U2 1993
  • Madonna 1993
  • Rolling Stones
  • Michael Jackson 1996
  • Three tenors 1997
  • Elton John 1998
  • Billy Joel 1998




Unique Features Of The MCG

At either end of this huge stadium, you can't miss the gigantic full color video scoreboards!

Melbourne Cricket Ground Scoreboard compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikecogh/6941102500/Melbourne Cricket Ground Scoreboard compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikecogh/6941102500/

Tattersall's Parade of Champions

These can be found outside the Stadium you will find an avenue of statues of selected sports heroes set in Bronze. 

True Australian legends have been sculptured in striking poses, depicting their sporting abilities.

This is a great place to have your picture taken close up to your favourite sporting legend.

The list of these legends can be found here http://www.mcg.org.au/things-to-do/sporting-statues

Tattersall's Parade of Champions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/askbal/252130159/Tattersall's Parade of Champions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/askbal/252130159/

The MCG 150th Anniversary Tapestry

The MCG’s 150th anniversary tapestry was formally presented on September 23, 2003.

The tapestry, seven metres wide and two metres high, is the Melbourne Cricket Club’s contribution to the ground milestone.

The characters and events that are woven into the fabric are placed in chronological order.

  • Football
  • cricket
  • 1956 Olympics
  • Austral Wheel races
  • Entertainment Tours and Performances

Here you will find an amazing partnership between the MCG and The Victorian Tapestry Workshop.

You can find this amazing work of Art outside the Long Room. 

mellbourne cricket ground tapestry compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/44743850@N00/1659184407/Mellbourne Cricket Ground tapestry compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/44743850@N00/1659184407/

Celebrating Australia's Sporting History

The MCG is the home of the National Sports Museum. In here you will find one of the best collections of sporting memorabilia, sporting history and artefacts.

A recent addition to this amazing museum is the Champions Thoroughbred Racing Gallery consisting of some of Australia's greatest Horse Racing history.

National Sports Museum at the MCG compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrob/2631443587/National Sports Museum at the MCG compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrob/2631443587/

Tours Of The MCG

A visit to the Melbourne Cricket Ground is an unforgettable experience.

To make your visit even more enjoyable check out some of these tours that my Travel Partner, Viator, has put together for your thorough enjoyment.

Just click onto the image below for more details. 

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The MCG truly is one of the best Melbourne Attractions that the city has to offer. A place where kids can stand in awe watching their sporting heroes do what they do best. 

Make sure to put a visit to this amazing place somewhere in your calendar. Make sure to allocate several hours if you are wandering through the place as it is colossal.

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