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What to Know Before You Go - New Year's Derby!

31 December 2018

It's here Team Green! The Melbourne Derby is always a big day - so here's everything you need to know before you come to the 'G!

Key Match Details

Venue: MCG

Gates Open: 1:45pm

Match 1 – WBBL: Stars v Renegades @ 2:50pm

Match 2 – BBL: Stars v Renegades @ 7:15pm


We recommend that you pre-purchase tickets to the derby via Ticketek to avoid queues at the ground.

Buy now: https://strs.co/derbytix

Phone: 132 849

In Person: at a Ticketek Agency.

You can find your closest Ticketek agency here.

Tickets can also be purchased at the MCG on match day.

One ticket gets you into both Derby matches!

Members and Memberships

Current Melbourne Stars members can get all their key member match day info here.

Want to join #TeamGreen? Sign up now!


Car: Parking is available around the area, but we would recommend taking public transport to this fun summer day at the MCG!

Yarra park is also open for parking for $10, and the gate times are as follows:

  • Gate 3 - open to public at 11am
  • Gate 5 - open to public at 3:30pm
  • Gate 6 & Gate 7 - Closed

Public Transport Victoria are providing extra services to get you to and from the game safely and quickly! Click here to see the extra services and timetable.

Train: There are two train stations near the MCG – Jolimont and Richmond.

If you are travelling to the MCG via the Hurstbridge or Mernda lines, get off at Jolimont.

If you are travelling via the Lilydale, Alamein, Frankston, Glen Waverley, Dandenong, Pakenham, Cranbourne or Sandringham lines, you can get off at Richmond.

The MCG is a short walk from either of these stations.

Tram: There are 3 tram routes that will get you to the MCG.

  • Route 75 (City – Vermont South)
  • Route 48 (Docklands/City – North Balwyn)
  • Route 70 (Docklands/City – Wattle Park)
  • Each of these tram stops is a short walk to the ground.

    Bus: The Route 246 (Elsternwick – Clifton Hill via St Kilda) stops along Punt road, which a short walk from the ground.

    Taxi: Taxi ranks will be available after the match, otherwise the ground is a pleasant 15-minute walk from the city. If you wish to hail a taxi, there are three ranks located near the MCG:

    • Pullman Hotel (corner of Clarendon street and Wellington parade)
    • On Olympic Boulevard outside Rod Laver arena
    • Jolimont Terrace


    Starsky is the Melbourne Stars’ virtual superhero! He’s here to answer all your questions. He can help you with memberships or on Game Day. If you want to know where to get tickets or all the fun things to see and do around the ground – Starsky’s your man! He can also tell you all about his friends, the Stars players! Say hello to Starsky on the Melbourne Stars Facebook page.

    Big Bash Buddy App

    The Big Bash Buddy App is your interactive match day companion! Available to download from the App Store and Google Play, you can find out match day information and even play along with the big screen games at the match! Don’t forget to download the app before the game so you can play the Oppo Mascot Race and the Optus Boom Boom stick games!

    Read more info here

    Cabot's Deck Party

    To celebrate the Stars' home games, Cabot's throws a huge party at the MCG! With food, drinks, comfy seats and the best view going around - it's the perfect place to watch the Derby! You can enter to win ticket for you and three friends here!

    Double Pitch Stump Throw

    Keep an eye out for the inflatable OAK stumps! Can you spin the ball like Sandeep? Try your hand at bowling and see if you send the stumps flying!

    Face Painting

    Doll yourself up to look like Starlet or simply show your love for Team Green with face painting!


    Look out for these fun Stars giveaways before you head into the stadium!

    • Thunder sticks
    • Pennant Flags
    • KFC Bucketheads
    • VRGF Autograph cards
    • LED Bracelets
    • Stress balls

    Human Cannon

    We’re going to prove that people can fly at 7pm! There’ll be a human cannon on the field, so make sure you take your seats early!

    Kookaburra Ball Kids

    The Kookaburra kids will be presenting the ball before the matches - make sure you give them a cheer when you see them! 

    Maddie’s Vision

    The amazing volunteers from Maddie’s Vision will be around the MCG selling pins and taking donations for this important cause. Maddie’s Vision became the charity partner of both the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades in December 2018, the charity aims to find preventions and cures for the syndromes that affect young Australians. There will also be giveaways of wristbands and banners!


    Record yourself doing the Optus Chip Shop Shimmy and get the chance to see yourself up on the big screen shimmying with the Stars!

    Play Cricket Zone

    Budding Stars can have a go at playing their favourite sport with the Play Cricket Zone! Test your skills with our inflatable activities like Classic Catches, Agility Course and bowling tunnel!

    School of Rock

    The awesome cast of School of Rock will be lighting up the Ponsford stage before the match! Get your air guitars and get ready to rock along Team Green!

    TNT Detonator

    Send sparks flying with our TNT Detonator and snap some of the coolest photos this side of the ‘G!

    Woolworths Smoothie Bikes

    Woolies has you covered for fresh, delicious, healthy summer drinks! Pick and mix your own fresh fruit and blend your personal smoothie with the Woolies smoothie bikes!

    YMCA On-field Zumba and Mobile Gym

    Little superstars can shake their tail feathers on the field with our YMCA on-field Zumba class! Sign up on the concourse outside for a fun summer samba experience at the G! You can also get a workout in with the YMCA mobile gym! Get your blood pumping even if it's your cheat day!

    See you there Team Green!

    Click here to purchase your NYD Derby tickets via TIcketek

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