The Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of the most well-known sports stadiums in the world and amongst the city’s iconic attractions. It has a rich sporting heritage and is definitely worth a visit.
Also referred to as the “MCG” or “The G”, the Melbourne Cricket Ground was inaugurated in 1853 and is the largest cricket stadium in the world. Its 100,000 person capacity also makes it the country’s largest stadium and 10th largest on the planet!
The MCG can be found at Yarra Park near the city centre within the Melbourne Sports Precinct. A 10 minute drive from Oaks on Lonsdale, the stadium can be easily reached by taxi, train (Jolimont / MCG Station or Richmond Station), tram (No. 48, 70 or 75) or bus (route 246).
Cricket at the MCG
The Aussie summer season is when fans get to witness the popular Boxing Day Test match (beginning on 26th December) featuring the home side versus a visiting international side. During the season the MCG also generally hosts one day and Twenty20 internationals as well as interstate matches. Melbourne hotel apartments and other accommodation options get booked quickly during this time so look to make your reservation ahead.
Aussie rules at the MCG
Also known as AFL, Aussie rules is a combination of Gaelic football and rugby and is a unique national pastime that has a huge and passionate following. During winter, the MCG plays host to fast-paced Aussie rules games with teams from Melbourne, Hawthorn, Collingwood and Richmond playing a majority of their home games here.
Learning more about the MCG
Visitors can also look to join a tour of the stadium. You will learn about the history of the MCG and get a chance to walk on its turf as well. The National Sports Museum can also be found here, while for something unique you can sign-up to zip-line from the roof of the stadium!
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