Melbourne experiences and attractions
Melbourne Cricket Ground
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) was built in 1853 and, since then, has established a marvellous history that compares favourably with any other in the world. Known colloquially as the ‘G’, Australia’s favourite stadium is the birthplace of Test cricket and the home of Australian Rules Football. It was the main stadium for the 1956 Olympic Games, and in 2006, hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Other sporting spectacles that have been held here include Australian World Cup soccer qualifiers, rugby league home and away matches and State of Origin, and international rugby union. Apart from its sporting events, the MCG has staged many blockbuster music concerts, including Madonna, U2, Michael Jackson, Rolling Stones and The Police, and even Pope John Paul II held a mass there when he visited Melbourne in 1986. Managed by the Melbourne Cricket Club, the MCG is also home to the National Sports Museum, Australia’s finest repository of sporting artefacts and history. The MCG is just a short train or tram ride from the Melbourne CBD.