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Spectator sports


  • Melbourne Cricket Ground, Victoria, Australia

If there's a sport that can be played, there's a fair chance there's a following for it in Melbourne.

Australian football (AFL): Aussie Rules
Get wrapped up in footy fever as you watch an AFL match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), or head to a suburban game to see rising stars and retired champs compete. AFL games can also be seen at Etihad Stadium, Docklands most winter weekends.

Cricket takes over the MCG for the Boxing Day test match against a fellow cricketing nation, and stays for a summer of one-day matches, Twenty 20 carnivals and the Bushrangers' domestic competition. The Melbourne Renegades and Stars pull in crowds for the Big Bash League.

Netball, basketball and baseball
See the Melbourne Vixens in a trans-Tasman netball clash or watch the Aussie Diamonds international netball team shine at Hisense Arena. Also look out for Melbourne United matches, to see a team with a long history of success in the National Basketball League.

In January you're treated to the world's best tennis players and the festive atmosphere of the Australian Open grand slam at Melbourne Park.

Rugby and soccer
Both rugby codes plus the city's two soccer teams ensure there's always something to see at the impressive AAMI Park stadium. Melbourne Storm fly the flag for rugby league, and the Melbourne Rebels represent for rugby union. Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City vie for local supremacy in the A-League soccer competition.

Equestrian and horse racing
Spring draws locals and visitors to the Spring Racing Carnival, culminating in the famous Melbourne Cup horse race. In summer, Christmas and New Year's horse races are held at Flemington, and there is regular night racing at Moonee Valley. Equestrian events are held around the state and capital throughout the year.

Motor racing and cycling
Road racing, drag racing and speedway are flocked by aficionados at Calder Park, Avalon Raceway and Sandown International Motor Raceway. Cycling competitions are held at Hisense Arena, or on paths and roads around the city.

Cycle sport and road racing
There's plenty to take in as a cycle sport spectator in Victoria - from the magnificent scenery of the Great Ocean Road and Victoria's High Country, to the incredible feats of endurance shown by the world's best road racers and mountain bike champions.