The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is a renowned Australian sporting venue, which hosts many domestic and international cricket matches, FIFA World Cup soccer qualifiers, rugby league home and away matches and is the home of the AFL. The MCG is located in Yarra Park, Melbourne. It is the 10th largest stadium in the world and the largest in Australia. The MCG is within walking distance of the city centre and is accessible via Richmond and Jolimont Train Stations. If you wish to travel via tram, it is accessed through the 70 tram and 246 bus. It is part of the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is a top tourist attraction as it is Australia’s largest, oldest and most popular stadiums, with extensive history dating back to 1853. Alongside ongoing sporting matches, the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum pay homage to this history by showcasing artefacts and photography from the stadiums hosting of the 1956 Olympic Games and 2006 Commonwealth Games.
History about the Melbourne Cricket Ground
- Since the MCG was built back in 1853 it has been in a state of constant renewal. The annual boxing day test is one of the Melbourne Cricket Grounds most popular events.
- The MCG is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and was included on the Australian National Heritage List in 2005
- It is owned by the Victorian State Government
- The 2018 Grand Final was the most attended event with 100,002 to witness Richmond FC win.
- The last refurbishment was in 2013, which cost $55 million
- The first cricket match at the venue was played on the 30th of September 1854 between Victoria and New South Wales.
Who are the current tenants of the Melbourne Cricket Ground
- Australian Football League (AFL): Melbourne Football Club, Richmond Football Club, Collingwood Football Club and Hawthorn Football Club.
- Cricket: Australian National Cricket Team, Victorian Cricket Team, Melbourne Stars – both womens and mens BBL.