Melbourne Cricket Ground, also known as ‘The G’ is a sports stadium in the city of Melbourne, Australia. The stadium was opened in 1853, since then it has been redeveloped numerous times to meet the criteria to host some prestigious events. The stadium has hosted the 1956 Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth games as well as numerous Cricket World Cup Finals and the annual Boxing Day tests. Its steep sided multiple tiered stands give the stadium a capacity of 100,000, making it the largest cricket stadium in the world and the largest stadium in the southern hemisphere. The stadium mainly hosts Cricket and AFL, but does also host the odd Rugby and Soccer match. It is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
The MCG is within walking distance of the city centre. If walking is not for you then you can get the train to ‘Richmond’ station which is next door to the stadium. You can also get the 45 or 75 trams to the stadium. Parking at the stadium is very limited, it is best to use public transport.
Opening Times and Admission
The best way to visit the stadium is by attending a cricket or AFL match, tickets are available online or at the box office at the stadium. The stadium runs tours, the tours are great for an in depth insight into the stadiums history. The tours run daily except on event days, between 10am-3pm and last around 75 minutes. Tour tickets cost 18$ but this also gives you access to the museum at the stadium.