Ranked amongst the largest stadiums in the world, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is perceived as the spiritual home for Australia Football League. This stadium was built in 1853 and boasts a sitting capacity of well over 100,000 participants. It is opened every day and hosts some of the most significant events in Australia. For tourists, the following are your guide to MCG and some of the things you can do when visiting the stadium.
Where Is Melbourne Cricket Ground Located?
To attend events at the MCG, you will need to locate the place. This should not be a hard task since the stadium is well known in the country. You just need to go to East Melbourne in Victoria and find Brunton Avenue at Richmond VIC 3002. The stadium is within walking distance of the city centre.
How To Get To Melbourne Cricket Ground
The MCG is only about one kilometre (0.6 miles) from Melbourne city centre. There are two train stations close to the stadium:
- Jolimont is north of the ground and offers a five-minute stroll through Yarra Park to the MCG.
- Richmond is on the southeastern side of the MCG. It’s a slightly longer walk to the MCG.
It can also be reached by tram. There are three tram routes provide access to the MCG: No. 75, No. 48 and No. 70.
Melbourne Cricket Ground Facts
Melbourne Cricket Ground events are highly recognised internationally since this is the largest cricket stadium in the whole world. Here are some interesting facts about the stadium:
- The MCG was built less than 20 years after the founding of the city of Melbourne. That means it is close to 300 years old.
- It holds the record of the biggest VFL/AFL crowd at 121,696 people. It also has the record for the largest recorded crowd for a cricket match, and this number stands at 93,013 people. The stadium is the largest Australian Rules Football League ground. Internationally, the ground is recognised for being the 10th largest stadium.
- The stadium was used as the main ground for the 1956 Summer Olympics.
- It was first used for cricket in 1953, and the first game of Australian Rules Football was played here in 1859.
- Grass in the stadium is maintained at the height of 11 millimetres. It is cut daily in summer and twice a week in Winter. In the colder season, the grass grows to 27 millimetres.
- The stadium hosted the 2018 WWE Super Show Down professional wrestling event. Ten matches were contested in this event, and about 70,300 people attended it.
- The MCG has hosted two Cricket World Cups. The first one was in 1992 and the second one in 2015.
Top Things to do at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
- Watch Cricket Test Matches
Cricket is among the most popular sports in Australia. The MCG is home to the Melbourne Cricket club and every year, the stadium hosts several test matches. Among the most popular is the Boxing Day Test match that is held between Australia and a visiting team. In November 2018, for example, the stadium hosted a match between an Australian and Indian team.
- Enjoy the Australian Open Tennis
Just a few metres from the MCG, particularly in Melbourne Park, you can enjoy the open tennis matches. This park is essentially comprised of the Hisense and Rod Laver arenas. The latter is home to the renowned annual Open Tennis Grand Slam Tournament. Similarly, the former is used for a myriad of games like netball and basketball not to mention other sports such as cycling. When touring the parks, remember to visit the Birrarung Marr and study the sculptures that showcase Victoria’s Aboriginal culture.
- Catch the AFL
Also known as Aussie Rules, Australian football is a fast-paced sport whose roots can be traced back to the late 1850s. This sport is unique to Australia and is based on early forms of rugby and Gaelic football. Thousands of fans turn up every weekend to watch the game and cheer on their favourite teams. This sport is played under some unique rules and it’s guaranteed to be a spectacle.
- Visit the AAMI Park
Rugby enthusiasts are not disregarded either. They can visit the AAMI Park and watch the Australian National Rugby League and cheer the Melbourne Storm or the Melbourne Rebels. They may also have a chance to catch the Melbourne Heart or Melbourne Victory while participating in the AFL.
- Tour the Stadium
Exploring the MCG will afford you a golden opportunity to experience firsthand the 150 years of Australian history in sporting. This tour will give you an insight into the inner sanctum of the stadium. You may even head to the stadium’s roof and zip line your way from one side to the other. While at it, don’t forget to visit the National Sports Museum as it houses the Australian Football and the Australian Cricket halls of fame. It also accommodates Don Bradman’s baggy cap.
- Visit the Yarra Park
The Yarra Park denotes a green area that’s perfect for taking a stroll. It has a path that will allow you to study the history of Australia’s sports heroes including elite sportsmen and women who competed in the MCG. Some of the champions featured in the park include Neil Harvey, Shirley Strickland, Betty Cuthbert and Dick Reynolds.
Accommodations Near Melbourne Cricket Ground
Here is a list of places where you can stay If you want to stay close to the heart of the MCG events:
- Pan Pacific Melbourne Hotel
- The Hotel Windsor
- Crown Metropol Melbourne
- Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southpark
- Best Western Melbourne City
- Citadines on Bourke Melbourne
- Crown Promenade Melbourne
- The Langham
- Art Series- The Larwill Studio
- Pegasus Apart’Hotel
- Art Series- The Blackman
- Grand Hyatt Melbourne
There are several other hotels within easy walking distance:
- Hotel Lindrum Melbourne MGallery by Sofitel
- Pullman Melbourne on the Park
- Quest East Melbourne
- Mantra on Jolimont
- Quest Jolimont
MCG Upcoming Events
Bon Jovi Tour
These Hall of Fame 2018 inductees will take the MCG stage on 1st December from 8:00 pm. This event will be part of their ‘This House is not for Sale’ tour. The rock band will be accompanied by the Birds of Tokyo.
Victoria vs. Western Australia
This match will be played over four days, starting from 7th to the 10th of December, 2018. Tickets can only be bought on the day of the game.
Australia vs. India
This match will be held on the 26th of December 2018. Tickets can be purchased online before the day of the event. The two teams will meet again on the 27th, 28th, 29th, and 30th of December at the same venue.
Melbourne Stars vs. Melbourne Renegades
On the first of January, 2019, these two teams will meet for two matches. The first one will be held at 2:50 pm and will be a women’s BBL match. The second one will be between men and will be held from 7:15 pm. Public tickets for this game have been on the market since October. You only need a single ticket for both matches.
Melbourne Stars vs. Perth Scorchers
This game will be part of the Big Bash League and will be held on 9th January 2019. The tickets are already on sale.
Melbourne Stars vs. Hobard Hurricanes
This event will involve two separate matches: one for the male teams and another for the female teams. Both games will be held on the 14th of January, 2019. The women’s teams will play first at 2:50 pm, and then the men’s teams will play at 7:15 pm. You only need one ticket to gain entry to both matches.
Australia vs. India
This match will be held on the 18th of January, 2019. Public tickets are already on sale. The games will start at 1:20 pm.
Melbourne Stars vs. Brisbane Heat
This game is part of the T20 Big Bash League and will be held on the 27th of January, 2019. The match will start at 7:40 pm.
Melbourne Stars vs. Sydney Sixers
This game will be held on the 10th of February, 2019. Tickets for the game are currently on sale.
Rapture Studio Tour by Eminem
On the 24th of February, Eminem will perform a massive show in this venue as part of his Rapture Studio tour. The show will start at 7:00 pm.