In sport-mad Melbourne one venue stands head and shoulders above the rest as the epicentre of Victorian sport – The Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Affectionately known as 'The G' to locals and cricketing fans the world over, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is a cultural icon and one of the most important cricket grounds in the world.
History in the grass
The spiritual home of Australian cricket as well as the Australian Football League (AFL), the MCG has also played host to countless high profile events, including the 1956 Olympics, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and concerts by the Rolling Stones and Madonna.
Football and cricket
With a massive seating capacity of 100,000, the MCG hosts more than 90 days of cricket and Australian Football each year, with more than 3.5 million excitable fans passing through the gates each year.
Seating is usually divided into three areas: public, MCC members and AFL members. Most events allow for pre-purchase of reserved seats in public areas for guaranteed entry. Unsold seats are available for purchase on a general admission basis at the public gate on event day. Some exceptions exist, so call ahead to check.
Food and drink
Food and drink kiosks operate around the ground on event days. Look for the red and white signs. Options from salads, sushi and sandwiches, to wraps, kebabs, burgers and rolls, pies, hot dogs, chicken and fish are available. You’ll also find snacks like chips, ice-cream, doughnuts and muffins on site – and of course fresh coffee.
Where to stay
There are several hotels within walking distance of the MCG and an abundance of choices in Melbourne's central business district (CBD). Choose from the Hilton on Wellington Parade, Flag Choice on Jolimont Road, Royal Hotel on Punt Road and the many backpacker places and budget options in the city.
The MCG is in Yarra Park, between the suburbs of Richmond and East Melbourne, a 15 minute walk from the city. Walk across the William Barak bridge, from Birrarung Marr, near Federation Square to Yarra Park.
Access the Great Southern Stand via gates 4 or 5, the Ponsford Stand via gate 1, and the Olympic Stand via gate 3. Climb the steps to gate 5, or use the ramp in front of gate 4. Access gate 1 via the Rod Laver Arena footbridge or ramp on the corner of Jolimont Street and Jolimont Terrace.