A short stroll along the Yarra from the CBD, the MCG is the heartbeat of the city. In cricket or footy season, the sight of the ‘G absolutely packed with fans is what gives Melbourne its soul.
The ground’s newest attraction, the Melbourne Stars, join a brotherhood of teams that play week in, week out, in the modern-day coliseum.
It’s a place that’s hosted and nurtured sport at all levels – from the birth of Test cricket and Aussie rules through to the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground sits close to the city centre between Melbourne suburbs Richmond and East Melbourne.
It can hold up to 100,000 people at a match.
The largest KFC Twenty20 Big Bash crowd recorded was in Jan 2010 with 43,125 people watching Victoria v Tasmania.
Each year at the end of the cricket season the pitches are removed and worked-on off-site while the MCG is used as for AFL, then at the start of summer the pitches are “dropped” back in ready for another season of cricket.
The MCG consists of four main areas - the Great Southern Stand, Ponsford Stand, Olympic Stand and MCC Members Pavilion.
- Public access to the Great Southern Stand is via either Gates 4, 5 or 6.
- Public access to the Ponsford Stand is via Gate 1.
- Public access to the Olympic Stand is via Gate 3.
- Access to the AFL Members Reserve is via Gates 7.
- Access to the MCC Members Reserve is via Gate 2.
- Although there are steps directly in front of Gate 5, access can be obtained by using the graduated walkway in front of Gate 4.
- Access to Gate 1 is via Rod Laver Arena footbridge or ramp on the corner of Jolimont Street and Jolimont Terrace.