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Melbourne Cricket Ground Australia's sacred sporting ground

Kris Madden

With a capacity of 100,000 people, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is the largest stadium in Australia, the 10th largest stadium in the world, and the world's largest cricket stadium. It’s part of the Melbourne Sports Precinct at Yarra Park, which also includes the Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and AAMI Park. In winter the ground hosts Australian football (also known as Aussie rules, or AFL) matches, while in summer it's the stage for cricket. The G, as it's affectionately known, has been the scene of many great events in Australian sporting history since its debut in 1853.

Map of Melbourne Cricket Ground, Victoria

Catch a game of Aussie rules in winter

Australian football (also known as Aussie rules, or AFL) is a fast-paced contact sport whose origins can be traced back to matches played in 1858 based on early forms of rugby and Gaelic football. It's uniquely Australian. Thousands of passionate fans turn up every weekend to cheer on their teams. Buy a ticket and enjoy the spectacle.

Watch a cricket Test match in summer

Cricket is hugely popular during the Australian summer. The MCG is the home of the Melbourne Cricket Club and there are few events in the Australian sporting calendar that evoke as much passion as the Boxing Day Test match, between Australia and a visiting team such as England, South Africa or India. Test matches run for five days. 

Take a tour of the stadium

behind-the-scenes tour of the MCG reveals more than 150 years of Australian sporting history. Explore the stadium's inner sanctum and walk on the hallowed turf. You'll get to see the MCC (Melbourne Cricket Club) Library, player change rooms and take a walk on the arena.

Visit the National Sports Museum

The National Sports Museum features thousands of sporting artefacts showcasing the highlights of Australia's sporting history, such as cricket legend Don Bradman's baggy green cap, Cathy Freeman's gold medal-winning running suit and Ian Thorpe's full-body swimsuit. It also houses the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Watch Australian Open tennis

A stone's throw from the MCG is Melbourne Park, made up of the Rod Laver and Hisense arenas. The Rod Laver Arena is home to the annual Australian Open tennis Grand Slam tournament. Hisense Arena is a multi-purpose venue that hosts basketball, netball and cycling.

Visit AAMI Park

Cheer on one and all at rectangular AAMI Park, where you can join in the excitement of National Rugby League, rugby union and A-League football (soccer). Cheer on the home teams: Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Rebels, Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart. 

See the Parade of Champions

The Yarra Park precinct surrounding the sporting stadiums is a green expanse perfect for a stroll along the Yarra River. Follow a trail of statues of Australian sporting heroes on the Tattersall's Parade of Champions, which celebrates elite sportsmen and women who have competed at the MCG. In 2011, an additional six atheletes were added as part of the Avenue of Legends.

Wander around Birrarung Marr

Birrarung Marr is a major park near the MCG, named by the Wurundjeri Aboriginal people who originally lived in the area. It features many sculptures and artworks celebrating Victoria’s Aboriginal culture. Have a picnic by the Yarra River and listen out for the Federation Bells, which ring three times a day.

Stay close to the action

Some of the best places to stay in Melbourne are within easy walking distance of the MCG. Stay close to the heart of the sporting action at Hotel Lindrum Melbourne MGallery by SofitelPullman Melbourne on the ParkQuest East MelbourneQuest Jolimont and Mantra on Jolimont.

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