The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is an iconic Australian sporting venue located in Yarra Park in inner Melbourne, home to the Melbourne Cricket Club.
It holds the world record for the highest light towers. The MCG is an easy walk from the city centre, and is serviced by Richmond and Jolimont train stations.
Internationally, the M.C.G. is remembered as the centrepiece stadium of the 1956 Summer Olympics. The open-air stadium is also one of the world’s most famous cricket venues with a “Test match” held there every year starting on Boxing Day.
Throughout winter, it is the home of Australian Rules Football with at least one game held there every week. On the last Saturday in September the A.F.L. Grand Final fills the stadium to capacity with the 2 teams battling to be the AFL Premiers. Until the 1970s, more than 120,000 people crammed into the venue when stadium renovations reduced standing room and increased seating to a maximum of roughly 99K.
The record attendance at the MCG is 130,000 for a Billy Graham religious event in 1959, followed by 121,696 for the 1970 VFL Grand Final betweeen Carlton and Collingwood.
The MCG, referred to as “the G” by Melburnian’s has also hosted events from International Rules between the Australian Football League and Gaelic Athletic Association, to international rugby, soccer World Cup qualifiers and even rock concerts. When Madonna visited with her Girlie Show Tour in 1993 she called it “The G Spot”.
National Sports Museum
The National Sports Museum is home to the Olympic Museum, Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Australian Cricket Hall of Fame along with much more, including the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum. See all this and more on a visit to the MCG – visitors can choose between an MCG Tour, a visit to the National Sports Museum, or both!
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There is a really good guided MCG tour that starts at the entrance to the Gallery of Sport.
The MCG Tour gives the visitor the opportunity to relive their great sporting memories through a comprehensive tour of this marvellous stadium where so many champions have performed.
MCG Tours which take approximately one hour and includes a tour guide depart regularly from Gate 3 on all non-event days from 10am-3pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday).
View MCG Tours.
Where & Getting There
The Melbourne Cricket Ground is located in Yarra Park, bordered by Brunton Avenue, Jolimont Street and Jolimont Terrace. Richmond.
–> Train – Catch train to either Richmond or Jolimont Stations + short walk
–> Car – Parking costs $10 per car accessed via 7 gates around the ground.
–> Bus – refer local bus web sites
–> Bicycle – parking available around ground (bring your own lock)
–> Taxi – ask driver
–> Walking – travel to CBD and walk via
–> William Barak Bridge from Birrarung Marr (near Federation Square) over Batman Avenue, the Jolimont Railway corridor and Brunton Avenue before descending into Yarra Park.
–> Rod Laver Arena footbridge links the MCG and Rod Laver Arena, travelling between the two stadiums from the MCG’s Gate 1 concourse over the railway corridor to the foot of Rod Laver Arena.
–> Hisense Arena footbridge runs parallel to the Rod Laver Arena footbridge, extending from the MCG’s Gate 6 concourse over the railway corridor and descending into the Olympic Park precinct on Swan Street.
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⊜ Brunton Avenue, Jolimont 3002 | Map
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